Gain work experience and find out if a career is right for you through our internship program. If you're a student in the Indian Hills Community College area, “Get Connected” can assist you in preparing for your future career.

Internship Overview

High school juniors and seniors can get 45-90 hours of planned and supervised career experiences. Interns learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, develop employability behaviors that prepare them for the workplace, and gain insight that will help them make informed career choices.


What are the benefits of doing an Internship?

  • An internship can help you narrow your career choices and focus your career goals. You can learn more about where you might like to work, or gain insight about a specific industry or career field.

  • Internships can make you more competitive and marketable when applying for full-time jobs and for graduate and/or professional schools.

  • Internships help you apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace.

  • An internship is a great way to build your professional network and get your foot in the door in a particular industry or company, as you meet people in the industry and gain professional contacts.

  • An internship provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills.

According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), “70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation, before looking elsewhere.”


Is an Internship right for you?

  • Have you completed a job shadow and want to learn more about that field?
  • Do you want the opportunity to connect with local professionals to explore your career interests?
  • Do you want the opportunity to do hands-on experience in your career field?
  • Do you want to expand your résumé and acquire real-life experience in a field?

You can apply for the internship program the summer session before your junior year through the spring session of your senior year. Students who have graduated from high school are not eligible. Speak with your guidance counselor regarding the course application process and getting an internship on your course schedule.


Internship Steps
  1. Explore internship opportunities — identify 2-3 businesses for which you would like to intern.

  2. Communicate your interest with your school guidance counselor and/or Career Academy instructor, including your availability.

  3. Complete the Internship Application

  4. Your work-based-learning coordinator will contact the workplace to establish their participation.

  5. Follow up with the workplace to discuss the potential internship.

  6. Complete the Pre-Internship Worksite Supervisor Interview

    Note: Final approval for the internship program is based on your application and interview. Selected students and sponsoring employers are matched based on student interests and abilities, and employer needs. Please note that some internship opportunities are competitively sought after, and not all candidates will be accepted.

    Tips for Success: Review and prepare for the sample interview questions! Arrive early for your scheduled interview, and dress professionally.

  7. Complete the following forms:

    Internship Contract
    Internship Application
    Student Information for Internship Employers

  8. Attend your internship for the times/duration assigned, logging your weekly thoughts and experiences in your Internship Journal

  9. Communicate with your workplace supervisor and work-based-learning coordinator if a conflict/sickness prohibits you from attending your internship.

  10. At the conclusion of your internship, complete and submit your Internship Journal to your work-based-learning coordinator. We need to know how your experience was, because we use your feedback as part of our continuous improvement process.

  11. Send a thank you card to your cooperating business. There is a sample letter in your packet, along with a blank postcard to use for this purpose, or you may use your own. Feel free to send it directly to your cooperating business, or give it to your high school guidance department to send to “Get Connected.”



miller_profileNathan Miller, Work-Based Learning Specialist
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5309 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5309
Email: [email protected]