According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”
Internships are an excellent way for students to gain real world experience, network in their desired field, build their resume, and ultimately explore and launch a rewarding career.
Students have two options when gaining internship experience:
Internship applicants must be full-time, degree seeking HPU students in good disciplinary standing. Students must have at least 60 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. The GPA in major must also be at least 2.0. Some departments may have higher criteria so please check with your faculty adviser for more information.
Students must complete 40 work hours per academic credit and may apply for internships in increments of 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits.
Students are encouraged to pursue off-campus internships for an educational experience that allows professional development, networking opportunities, and exposure in their desired field. If a student is interested in pursuing an on-campus internship, additional steps must be taken.
Approval of on-campus internships are at the discretion of the Dean of your School. Consent is dependent on the internship job description, the student’s major, and the student’s future occupational interest. To receive academic credit for an on-campus internship, the student must:
Internship Site Supervisors are required to fill out the following:
Site Supervisors must review the Career and Professional Development Internship for Credit Page and adhere to all policies. We strongly encourage Site Supervisors to have a face-to-face meeting with the student to discuss their midterm evaluation form and final evaluation form, in addition to completing the online form.
The deadline to register an internship for academic credit is three weeks after High Point University’s drop/add date, and is contingent on the start date and end date of the internship, with the ability to log future (not past) internship hours. Students can NOT receive retroactive credit. Students must complete the appropriate number of work hours to receive the desired number of credits by the last day of the semester. Students must complete 40 work hours per academic credit.
Thank you for hosting a High Point University Intern! Please review the HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement and the Department of Labor Standards for Unpaid, Non-credit Bearing Internships. For more information, please visit our employer information section.
BEFORE APPLYING FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
1.Review HPU’s internship eligibility, requirements, responsibilities, on-campus internship policy and deadline to ensure compliance.
2.Meet with your faculty advisor to confirm that your desired internship is eligible for academic credit and to discuss the items below.
3.Meet with Faith Cochran, Assistant Director of Internships to discuss Purple Briefcase application.
4.Have your site supervisor sign the HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement ensuring their duties and responsibilities. This form will be required for the internship application.
5.Log in to Purple Briefcase using your HPU email and password.
6.Under MY BRIEFCASE on the left side of the page, click EXPERIENTIAL.
7.Click START AN APPLICATION and fill out the application in its entirety.
8.Read the TERMS OF SERVICE at the bottom of the application.
9.Once completed, SUBMIT APPLICATION.
10.After the above steps are complete your application will be emailed to your faculty advisor for approval.
11.Wait 3-5 business days, log back in to Purple Briefcase, click on EXPERIENTIAL, and click CURRENT ACTIVITIES to see if your application is there. If so, your internship application has been approved.
12.Click CURRENT ACTIVITIES.
13.Under DOCUMENTS on the right side, click on the notepad icon and upload the files below:
14.Email email@example.com to confirm that your application is complete and to ensure that you are enrolled in the class.
Interns are evaluated by both their site and faculty supervisors on progress toward their learning objectives. Evaluation generally falls into the following categories: performance as a member of the staff, performance on assigned tasks, professionalism and ethical behavior, ability to work with others, and potential for work in this field.
Keep in mind that your specific department may require more than what is listed above during the course of your internship. It is important that you check with your faculty supervisor or your Department Chair to make sure that you are aware of all additional requirements before beginning your internship.
All paperwork must be submitted electronically.
Time Log Due Date= Every Sunday at midnight
In order to receive a “P” for your internship you are required to keep Weekly Time Logs of the hours that you work on site. These logs serve as proof of your hours worked and must be submitted on Purple Briefcase. A copy of these logs will be visible to the student, the faculty supervisor and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
At the mid-point of your internship (when you have completed half of the total number of required hours) both the student AND internship site supervisor will complete a seperate Midterm Evaluation Form. Please email the Midterm Evaluation Form to your Site Supervisor so that they can complete the evaluation in a timely manner. This evaluation will keep all parties up-to-date on the progress that you have made at your internship site thus far. A copy of this evaluation will go to the faculty supervisor, the internship site supervisor, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
Student interns AND their site supervisors will each complete a separate online Final Evaluation Form at the end of the internship experience. Please email the Final Evaluation Form to your site supervisor so that they can complete the evaluation in a timely manner. It is good practice to submit the Final Evaluation form after you have submitted your final Weekly Time Log. A copy of this form will go to both the faculty and site supervisor, along with a staff member from the Office of Career and Professional Development.