Kokomo Experience and You

The IU Kokomo Experience and You: It’s your future, so we're giving you the KEY.

You've heard there’s no substitute for experience. Employers would agree. They value experience highly when they hire college students. Besides, learning by doing—creating, collaborating, traveling, and leading—is the best way to learn.

Due to this unique experience I believe I am better focused on my goals and have a better idea of what I am looking for in employment. Additionally, I believe that if I put their advice into practice I will be better prepared to interview and significantly increase my options and my success.

Informatics student, spring break trip to Google headquarters

When you study at IU Kokomo, you enjoy tons of experiences, the kinds that both employers and students love. We care about your future, so we give you the KEY (“Kokomo Experience and You”): a four-year program of experiential education. Depending on your major, you might design a social media campaign for a community agency, help children in Guatemala, study fossils at the Field Museum in Chicago, present your research at a national conference, pick up career advice from professionals in Chicago, or immerse yourself in your art or writing in a retreat away from campus. The world is your classroom!

Prepare to love learning, graduate on time, land a good job, and start changing the world. You have the KEY.

IU Kokomo Experience and You

KEY Experiences

Check out the full list of trips and outings planned for students and see if any of them sound like a good fit for you!

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Want to hear what some of the experiences are like? Read about the past KEY trips

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Watch KEY goes to Nashville with the School of Business with Audio Description

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KEY Nashville Trip – Video Transcript – Dec 7, 2021

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Video of a “KEY” roadtrip to Nashville is shown.

Student, Dustin Stone speaks:

Well, it's been really positive once we got to Nashville, it is just a lot of energy, there's a lot of creative energy. And for me, as a musician, it helps. It just was really inspiring.

00:00:09:17 - 00:00:19:20

Other still images and video elements are shown on screen as students speak.

Student, Iliana Mehmeti speaks:

I think what I love the most about the trip is learning, understanding more about Nashville and how it developed so much in such a short period of time.

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Student, Emily Bryant speaks:

Yeah, we've had a great experience. We got to meet with so many different people and businesses, and Nashville.

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Dustin Stone speaks again:

Had a lot of opportunities to see some stuff that I would never really, really get the opportunity to see, like the Chamber of Commerce and the Wondry Center and now the Grand Ole Opry. So it's been nothing but positive.

00:00:37:21 - 00:00:51:02

Emily Bryant speaks again:

Being a psychology major on a business trip, I am able to pull so many things of what I'm learning and my psychology and apply it to the business that we've learned. And it's been really interesting being able to intertwine those things.

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Iliana Mehmeti speaks again:

We've learned that a lot of people from different states are coming to Nashville to develop their careers, chase their dreams. It's the new "New York City" and the new "San Francisco," I would say. And with way more affordable prices, which was very interesting.

00:01:06:23 - 00:01:20:09

Emily Bryant speaks again:

Yeah, it's been a really cool experience. I wasn't quite sure what to expect on this trip, but it's met all expectations and I've learned so many things. I love Nashville.

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Interviewer speaks:

That's a pretty good solid answer, all right. Thank you!

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Emily Bryant speaks again:

I don't know... Nashville's great!

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Iliana Mehmeti speaks again:

Cool! I love it!

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KEY trip provides immersive Van Gogh experience

Imagine walking through Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, holding out your hand as a bee bumbles by. Or standing so close to the Café Terrace at Night, you can almost smell the coffee brewing. Or wondering at the majesty of The Starry Night, with the moon so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

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Ornithology class learns from master bird bander

A class that starts at 7 a.m. is for the birds — literally.

A dozen students in an Indiana University Kokomo ornithology class spent one early Friday morning learning about campus wildlife with a visit from a master bird bander, who demonstrated how birds are captured, marked, and released, as part of a research field experience.

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KEY Summer Institute offers head start on college success

Claire Rice has big plans for her first year at Indiana University Kokomo.

With a goal of becoming a nurse, she wants to get off on the right foot with good grades in her anatomy class, and make some new friends.

She and about 80 other new students took the first steps towards success, by attending the KEY Summer Institute, a free three-day program to prepare them to transition from high school to college.

Welcome to the KEY