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Career and Professional Success

For Employers and Recruiters

How Butler Students Pursue Internships

Here's how an internship for a typical Butler student plays out:

  • You post an internship opportunity on Handshake, our online employment portal. You include as much information as you can, including the anticipated number of hours spent on-site by the student, the nature of the work, and to whom they'll report. (Please see the following "How to Create an Internship" dropdown.)
  • A Butler student finds it as they're preparing for the next semester or summer term.
  • If the student is looking to receive college credit for completing the internship, they take the posting to Butler faculty/staff members to petition that it count for credit in a specific area of study (e.g., "CH" credit for Chemistry, "JR" credit for Journalism, etc.).
  • If they're not looking to receive college credit, they might not consult a faculty/staff member at all.
  • Regardless, the student goes ahead and applies to the internship either directly in Handshake or by clicking through to your external application site.
  • If you offer the position to the student, they're seeking credit, and Butler faculty/staff feel the internship is missing elements, then they and the student will reach out to you to see if the opportunity can be adjusted. (If not, then the student could in theory still complete the internship—they just wouldn't receive college credit along the way.)
  • Whether you want to pay student interns is up to you. The compensation rate must be stated clearly in the internship posting. A typical Butler student earns a minimum $12–15 per hour at their internship. You may find it helpful to read the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines for unpaid interns in for-profit companies.
  • If the internship is for credit, you should anticipate being contacted during the term by Butler faculty/staff to gauge the educational experience for the student and how they're developing professionally.
  • At the end of the term, if the internship is for credit, Butler faculty/staff will determine a grade for the student's transcript, taking into account your opinions and observations.

What to Look for in an Intern

As you think about the qualifications of an ideal intern, consider factors other than GPA, grade level, and total years' experience. Overly strict criteria could cause you to miss out on the perfect applicant. Read IndianaIntern.net's tips on what to look for in an intern.

How to Create an Internship

Internship Guides

IndianaIntern.net has great resources when it comes to building/improving an internship program:

Best Practices

FLSA Guidelines

You can read the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines for unpaid interns in for-profit companies.

Documenting ROI

Your internship program can't achieve return-on-investment if you don't have a clear road map. Read what aspects of your internship program to document on an ongoing basis to help you clarify what you do, how you do it, and why you do it.

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What Butler Faculty are Looking for in an Internship

Below are some examples of information needed by faculty and staff in order to approve an internship for credit.

College of Communication (CCOM)
  • The name and address of the company/organization.
  • What the student would be doing in the internship.
  • What skills would the student need for the internship? Writing? Video editing/shooting? Design?
  • If technical skills are necessary, what kinds of software or equipment are already in place at the internship site? Our students are not allowed to use our cameras or any other CCOM owned gear for internships. That equipment is only used for class assignments and projects.
  • Approximately how many hours per week would the student be interning?
  • Does the internship pay? If so, how much?
  • What materials should a student include in an application? Resume' and cover letter sufficient?
  • Name and email address of the contact person.

How to Create a Project-Based Learning Experience

Project-Based Learning Experiences (PBLEs) bridge academic theory and professional development, affording students the opportunity—while acting as consultants to your organization—to solve real problems being faced internally or in the community.

It's an innovative style of student-professional collaboration that ultimately allows you to dip into the brain trust of student groups, with the potential for future internships or full-time positions.

Building Upon Success

Facilitating the creation of PBLEs is where we come in.

Butler students have already been involved in PBLEs through Summer Fusion, an initiative funded through our office by a grant from the Lilly Endowment called "Butler Advance." As part of the curriculum, Summer Fusion had a community-based project attached to it. In recent summers:

  • Students worked with Renew Indy, a nonprofit organization focused on alternative uses for abandoned houses, conceptualizing and designing a response to a real challenge in the city.
  • Students also worked on behalf of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) to engage neighborhood residents living near 16Tech, identifying community assets and liabilities that might inform funding for the innovation district.

The participants' engagement with various stakeholders informed their teams' responses, which they presented to the community.

Students expressed in end-of-term surveys that the experience was both beneficial to their career development and meaningful. And, community partners expressed their appreciation for and the continued need for ongoing projects that could be mutually beneficial.

Creating a PBLE

Project-Based Learning Experiences can be short (e.g., 2–3 weeks) or last up to a full semester. The teams involved could be a group of students, a student organization, or all students in a particular course.

Students are chosen through a rigorous process that best matches them with an organization.

Possible PBLEs center around:

  • Data science/analytics/gathering
  • Human resources
  • Event planning
  • Research
  • Strategy consulting for nonprofits
  • Web development and technology 
  • Quick video production for social media

This is a new field in career services and we're just getting started.

Join us.

Please email our Senior Director, Gary Beaulieu, to discuss creating a Project-Based Learning Experience. Or, call him at 317-940-9624.

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Connecting with Students and Alumni

Overview

On this webpage, you'll find resources and information to help you build, share, and recruit for opportunities.

For a quick overview of what's possible:

 

Post Internship and Job Opportunities

Button with logos for Handshake and Butler above the words Employment PortalOur online employment portal, Handshake, is utilized by most of the smaller colleges/universities within Indiana. After being approved to join Butler's network, you can post internship and job opportunities to students and alumni directly.

We have two primary means of posting opportunities to Handshake:

  1. You're welcome to create a free Handshake account for yourself and, if needed, your employer.
  2. You can also submit available internships and jobs via our web form (which we then post to Handshake on your behalf) 

If you run into any programs, please feel free to:

 

Attend Fairs and Events

Career development fairs and events are vital to connecting you with Butler faculty, staff, and students. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that more than 95 percent of employers and recruiters use career fairs to recruit candidates for internships, co-ops, project-based learning experiences, and jobs.

View our calendar of events for the upcoming year.

Invitations, registration requests, and fees are handled through Handshake.

 

Submit One-Page Flyers

If you have a one-page flyer about job, internship, or service opportunities, we can review, stamp, and post up to 16 copies around campus for you. Please do one of the following:

  1. Bring physical copies to our office, Business Building 102
  2. Or, email a digital version to career@butler.edu and we’ll make print outs for you

 

Sponsor Activities, Events, and Groups

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities on campus—whether financially or in-kind—please email sponsorship questions to Employer Assistant, Joey Wohlhieter. He'll connect you with the appropriate team lead.

 

Help Students and Alumni via Wisr - Bulldogs Connect

Button with logo for Wisr and Bulldogs Connect, above the words Alumni and Students with a bidirectional arrow in-betweenIf you're an alumnus, we invite you to join Wisr, our new online network connecting students and alumni in need of help with alumni who can provide it.

It's simple, yet powerful—and free to all Butler students and alumni.

Please email our Employer Assistant, Joey Wohlhieter, for your alumni directory invite code.

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Career and Professional Success (CaPS)

Who We Are

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Serving all students and alumni, from all majors, we create opportunities for you to connect with, recruit, and hire Butler Bulldogs.

Formerly "Internship and Career Services" and "Lacy School of Business Career Development," we're now a single entry point for employers and recruiters called the office of Career and Professional Success (CaPS), located in Butler's new Business Building 102.

 

Coming to Campus

Located on more than 300 acres on the north side of Indianapolis, the nation's 15th-largest city, our university is home to both historic buildings and park-like settings.

Get directions to Butler, view maps of campus, book hotels, and more.

Walking map from parking garage and IndyGo bus stop to CaPS Business Building

Accessibility

Butler University is committed to ensuring its programs, services, activities, and benefits are accessible on an equitable basis to all qualified individuals with disabilities. Read how to submit disability-related accommodation requests.

Everyone is encouraged to create accessible versions of informational flyers and materials for digital distribution. Read how to create accessible documents in Microsoft Word.

For further reading (including info on imagery and video captioning), please read Butler's Accessibility Standards guide.

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Recruiter Information Breakfasts

Image in Reilly Room of employers and students seated around circular tablesTypically held at the beginning of every fall and spring semester, our Recruiter Information Breakfasts provide employers with more details about Butler's campus structure, CaPS' programming, and the student experience.

Invitations are sent to contacts through our database in Handshake, Butler's online employment portal.

Learn dates, times, and contact info for our Recruiter Information Breakfasts on our Fairs and Events webpage.

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Policies and Laws

Cancellation, Nondiscrimination, Wages, and More

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Please read our Official CaPS Policies for more information about working with Butler. We also ask that organizations be aware of the following:

  1. Butler's Employment Non-Discrimination Policy
  2. the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy
  3. Indianapolis' Non-Discrimination Law (Sec. 581 of the Municipal Code)
  4. the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines for unpaid interns in for-profit companies

Important note: Our office reserves the right to remove or deny access to any organization or refuse to post any position that violates equal opportunity provisions. In addition, Butler University prohibits postings that are in violation of any state or federal laws or those positions it deems a safety concern for its students or alumni.

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We're Here to Help

In addition to utilizing the resources above, please don't hesitate to reach out at any time:

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Sign up for our newsletter. These bi-weekly emails include:

  • career opportunities
  • upcoming events
  • tips for professional development

Social Media

Connect with us online. We can be found on all of the following platforms:

 

Logo for BU Be Well - Career and Life Skills dimensionBU Be Well

Our office supports the Career and Life Skills dimension of BU Be Well.

We help students and alumni focus on building and maintaining successful skills for future or current careers, including internships, employment, financial planning, graduate school, and gap year/service programs.

Learn more about BU Be Well.