HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development guarantees an internship for every eligible student who completes the 5-phase professional development program that covers Career Exploration, Professional Development and Branding, Networking, Research, and Interviewing. Throughout the process, students will meet with the Career and Professional Development team to support their progress.
This program is designed to prepare students with the skills and structure needed to obtain an internship or job. If you’re interested in getting started, please use Handshake to schedule an appointment and select “Internship Guarantee Registration” as the appointment type.
To be eligible for the Internship Guarantee, a student must:
*Seniors and graduate students are ineligible
To participate in the Internship Guarantee you must first make an appointment with a Career Advisor to discuss your eligibility, internship interests, and goals for completing the steps. The program is self-paced and takes about 1-2 semesters to complete.
Throughout the process, you will schedule periodic meetings with a Career Advisor to discuss your progress. The program is designed for your professional development – it prepares you with skills and structure needed for future job and internship searches.
The decision to pursue and complete the steps of the program is on the student. Please notify Robert Tillman, Career Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you decide to withdraw from the process.
At any point, if you obtain an internship by any means, the “guarantee” has been fulfilled.
What is the “guaranteed” internship?
Our hope is that you land one of the internships you apply to through the process, but if you still have not secured an internship after going through all the steps then we will place you in one.
The provided (guaranteed) internship may not be in your major, may not be paid, may not be in the semester you want, may not last a certain length-of-time you want, may not be in person, and may not be in your desired city. It won’t be a perfect match with your interests, but we will work hard to ensure that it is a strong experience.
For additional clarification, please reach out to Robert Tillman, Career Advisor, at email@example.com.
The RISE App is a smart phone app created for High Point University students to track their progress through different campus programs, opportunities, and experiences. Follow these steps to start tracking your progress through the Internship Guarantee program:
Interview Process and Protocol
Professional Development Pre-Internship (Ongoing)