Graduate Student Requirements (V585/E589/Y750)

Internship Pre-Approval Instructions

In order to register your internship to meet your degree requirement (V585/E589/Y750), students will submit their internship for review through the Handshake portal. The review process can take between 7-10 business days. Once reviewed the O’Neill Internship Coordinator will follow up with any questions about your internship or send you an email with enrollment instructions. It is important that you then enroll in the appropriate course, internships not enrolled will not count toward your degree requirement. The following document will lead you through the internship approval process (the second link is for international students on a F1 or J1 student visa):

Internship Registration Instructions (Domestic Students)

Internship Registration Instructions (International Students)

Important Internship Application Deadlines for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023

**PLEASE NOTE: The priority deadline is meant to help you as a student, its so you can enroll in the course via student center and so you don’t have to pay any additional fees that may be associated if you apply after the priority deadline (for more information on fees please visit the Student Central website)**

May 9, 2023 – SUMMER PRIORITY DEADLINE to submit Internship Application via Handshake
June 27, 2023SUMMER FINAL DEADLINE to submit Internship Application via Handshake (anything submitted after this deadline will be denied)

August 21, 2023 – FALL PRIORITY DEADLINE to submit Internship Application via Handshake
October 12, 2023FALL FINAL DEADLINE to submit Internship Application via Handshake (anything submitted after this deadline will be denied)

Internship Information

At O’Neill, we believe that internships are essential to professional development. Internships provide meaningful, real-world experiences, while allowing the space for students to be supported while developing the skills necessary to have successful and impactful careers.

Need help finding an internship? Give the Career Hub a call at (812) 855-9639, stop by the Career Studio during office hours, or email us


  • What O’Neill Graduate Degrees Require an Internship?

    • Degree Class Credit Options* Grading Scale Hours Requirement
      Public Affairs (MPA V585 0-6 credits** Pass/Fail 120 hours***
      Environmental Science (MSES) E589 0-6 credits** Pass/Fail 120 hours***
      Arts Administration (MAAA) Y750 3 credits Letter (A or F) 280 hours

      MPA/MSES Dual Degree


      V585 or E589 0-6 credits** Pass/Fail 0-6 credits**
      MAAA/MPA Dual Degree Y750 3 credits Letter (A or F) 280 hours

      * All credits enrolled in will be assessed for tuition based on the students status as in-state or out-of-state and the academic term the credit is enrolled, use this calculator to assess your tuition costs.

      **Each additional credit beyond the required 120 (0-1 credits) is an additional 80 hours and will be assessed for tuition.

      ***For 0 or 1 credit students must complete at least 120 hours, the hour’s requirement will change depending the credits selected. Students can intern additional hours without needing to enroll in additional credit. Students cannot earn credit from internships not enrolled

  • What criteria is used to approve an internship?

    “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)).” For more information on NACE requirements, please visit their website.
  • Internship Requirements

    • Before hours can begin to be counted towards your minimum hours, internship must be submitted for review and approval to the O’Neill Career Hub through the Handshake link on this page.
    • Student must be successfully enrolled in V585/E589/Y750 by the University’s enrollment deadline
    • Students are required to have two completed evaluations by the end of the internship: one self-evaluation and one supervisor evaluation. The supervisor evaluation will be sent directly to your supervisor. Please keep your instructor up to date on your supervisor’s contact information during your internship.
    • It is the responsibility of all students to confirm that their supervisor completes a final evaluation (including the total number of hours interned)
    • International students working in/from the US have acquired the proper paperwork
  • Internship Experience Criteria for Approval (Adapted from the NACE Criteria)

    • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform
    • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
    • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications
    • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework
    • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. Supervisor is not related to intern, or another student
    • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals
  • How long does it take for an internship to be approved?

    • Internships can take a minimum of 7-10 business days to be reviewed. It is important that you provide as much information as possible regarding your internship responsibilities. Your application may get held up if the internship coordinator needs to reach out for more information. Once your internship is reviewed it will be moved to either APPROVED or DENIED. If your internship has been APPROVED you will receive an email with information on how to enroll in the appropriate course. If your internship is DENIED you will receive an email detailing why it was denied. You are welcome to appeal the denial with Melissa Todd at It is important to enroll in the course ASAP if you have been APPROVED.
  • How much does the internship credit cost?

  • How many work hours do I need to complete in order to receive internship credit?

    • Required work hours for each internship are based on degree program and number of credit hours you are enrolled in. Please see the tables below for more details on academic degree programs, number of credit hours and required work hours.

    • MPA, MSES, MPA/MSES Degrees:

    Course (Credits) Total Hours
    V585 or E589 (0-1 cr) 120
    V585 or E589 (2 cr) 200
    V585 or E589 (3 cr) 280
    V585 or E589 (4 cr) 360
    V585 or E589 (5 cr) 440
    V585 or E589 (6 cr) 520

    MAAA, MPA/MAAA Degree:

    Course (Credits) Total Hours
    Y750 (3 credits) 280
    Y750 (3 credits) V585 (1 cr) 360
    Y750 (3 credits) V585 (2 cr) 440
    Y750 (3 credits) V585 (3 cr) 520
  • What about additional internship credits beyond my requirement?

    • Students may enroll in additional credits beyond their requirement up to 6 total experience credits during their academic experience. For each additional credit requested, you will need to intern 80 additional hours. See conversion table above.
  • What are my degree requirements if I am in the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)?

    • The highly competitive Accelerated Master’s Program grants students a unique opportunity to gain twice the experiential learning. AMP students must complete an internship to fulfill their undergraduate requirement and an internship to fulfill their graduate degree requirement
    • For more resources on how to market the AMP degree to employers, please view our blogs here, stop by the Career Hub, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm for drop-in hours, or make a one-on-one appointment with one of the Career Hub Career Consultants
  • Can my research count as my internship requirement?

    • In specific situations, student can apply for a research internship to be approved as their degree requirement. In order for research to count towards the internship requirement, student research internships must meet the following criteria:
    • Interaction with practitioners in the data collection process and/or in the presentation of results
    • Transferable skills to other professional settings
    • Defined start and end dates
    • Job description outlining qualifications and learning objectives/goals related to student professional goals
    • Supervision provided by IU faculty with relevant expertise
    • Routine feedback provided from supervisor
    • Note: If the criteria is met, students must submit their internship using the Handshake link on this page for review. If review is successful, student will be sent the O’Neill Research Contract. The student is responsible for having their supervising faculty member complete the contract. Contract should be submitted at least 1 week prior to counting any hours
  • What type of internships will not be approved?

    • The student’s supervisor is a relative, students can work for a relative’s company, but the direct supervisor MUST not be related to the student.
    • The student’s supervisor is not another student OR a recent graduate. If the supervisor is a recent graduate, they need to have at least 2 years in the field.
    • Positions should not require the applicants to purchase or rent any kind of training or marketing and sales material to become employed
    • Positions should not require students to provide on-campus solicitation or products, or services not authorized by the university
    • Employers should not be private individuals requiring candidates to work out of private premises
    • Posting containing advertising, promotion, solicitation for goods, services, funds, or solicitation for others to become members of an enterprise or organization, will not be approved
    • Positions requiring the candidate to work with a product or service which is not legal on a state or federal level.
    • Positions requiring door-to-door solicitation and telemarketing will not be approved
    • Employers who offer housing may not be approved and will need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
    • The internship cannot be a Residential Advisor (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA) position, or a regular part time job.
    • The student is an international student and is doing their internship in the U.S. and has not obtained the proper work authorization (CPT or Academic Training)