Student Positions

Pictured (left to right): Graduate Assistant, Miriam Maddox; Director, Ulla Connor; Intern, Jenni Joronen; Assistant Director, Matthew Hume.

ICIC offers assistantships and internships for IUPUI students interested in integrating knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Completing at least one internship or assistantship during college is an excellent way to be competitive for full-time employment after graduation. Data from the IUPUI First Destination Survey show that graduates who completed an internship were significantly less likely to still be seeking employment after graduation and even reported significantly higher salaries.

ICIC’s investment in producing timely research in intercultural communication, healthcare communication, and TESOL education, as as its commitment to providing high quality programming for partnering organizations, makes ICIC an excellent choice for students desiring to gain professional experience prior to graduation. Learn more about each offering below.

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships

  • Eligibility: IUPUI graduate students enrolled in TESOL MA or related programs
  • Length: Typically, August-May following the IUPUI Academic Calendar
  • Hours: Approximately 20 hours per week

Graduate research assistants will be involved in the daily activities of the ICIC. While the main focus of RAs will be to assist in ongoing or new research projects at the ICIC, duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in ongoing and new research at ICIC and presenting at conferences
  • Providing support to ICIC programs (ESP courses, community partnerships, etc.)
  • Serving as teaching assistant for ICIC related courses at IUPUI
  • Supporting ICIC communications (newsletters, social media, etc.)
  • Providing administrative support

Internships and Practicums

  • Eligibility: IUPUI graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in linguistics, foreign languages, TESOL, adult education, communications, or related programs
  • Length: Typically, 8-16 weeks
  • Hours: Approximately 10 hours per week

Typically, shorter in duration than the Graduate Research Assistantships, internships offer graduate and undergraduate students with valuable professional development through involvement in the variety of research and education projects at ICIC. In some cases, internships may also be used to fulfill a degree requirement.

Each internship is unique in exact responsibilities depending on current ICIC programming as well as the needs of the students. In general, students will be involved in a variety of activities to provide administrative and research support to ongoing ICIC programs. Duties may include:

  • Contributing to the advancement of new and ongoing center projects
  • Collaborating with the ICIC team and partner organizations to provide logistical and administrative support for center events
  • Conducting research to support ongoing ICIC projects
  • Providing administrative support

Volunteer Opportunities

ICIC periodically offers volunteer opportunities to current undergraduate and graduate students at IUPUI. Volunteers have the chance to assist with the variety of programs and events ICIC organizes and hosts. Exact opportunities will be determined by the current programming and needs of ICIC. If you are interested in volunteering at ICIC, please contact us.

More Information

Students who are interested in pursuing an assistantship or internship with ICIC are encouraged to write to us at, call 317-274-2555, or visit us at Cavanaugh Hall 133.