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About the Lab:

The on campus IU Indianapolis Speaker’s Lab is a service that is available to all IU Indianapolis students, faculty, and staff. We offer one-on-one mentoring, recording services, and outline review for both oral and written presentations. We mainly serve COMM-R110 students; however, we can help with almost all public speaking needs!

About the Position:

Our mentors assist students with our teleprompter professional recording studio and our VRSpeech virtual reality Lab. Students and faculty can schedule time to create professional recordings for lectures or E-portfolios or work with our VRSpeech equipment to enhance their presentation skills.

In addition, the IU Indianapolis Speaker’s Lab hosts a website available not only to the IU Indianapolis community but also to those seeking public speaking resources nationally and internationally. Lab members also assist with the event planning and production of the Department of Communication Speech Contest. Applications are being accepted for new mentors.

Position Duties:

  • Lab mentors are responsible for assisting all students with their public speaking needs.
  • Lab mentors assist students with or without an appointment in the lab through mentoring or online via Canvas support sites through reviewing outlines.
  • Their responsibilities involve helping with a variety of public speaking related problems such as topic selection, content development, speech organization, outline formatting, citation formatting, PowerPoint creation, and speech anxiety.
  • In addition to student-oriented responsibilities, lab mentors contribute to special projects that can benefit the lab.

Our mentors can help to:

  • Understand speech assignments and requirements
  • Brainstorm for topics
  • Identify and research sources
  • Strengthen speech content, structure, and organization
  • Improve outline and note card usage
  • Develop visual aids
  • Polish gestures and speech delivery
  • Reduce speech anxiety



  • Applicants must have taken and passed R110-Fundamentals of Speech Communication with a B+ or higher.
  • Preferred candidates should have freshman, sophomore or junior class standing with a GPA of 2.5.
  • Starting wage is $11.50 with opportunities for advancement.

Learning Outcomes:

In accordance with the IU Indianapolis Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success, experience in 

this position will help students become acquainted with the following profiles:

  • Communicator: The ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. The ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
  • Innovator: The ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within a specific timeframe.