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:
To earn credit within your major (and some minors) for 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits –
To earn elective credit through EXP 1402 for 1 or 2 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.
Any student who is interning locally can live on campus during the summer. Students should contact the office of student life at email@example.com or call 336-841-9231 to inquire about housing on campus. Rates are subject to change each year.
It is the responsibility of the student to vet all viable options. We suggest partnering with your site supervisor to learn where students have stayed in the past and researching options such as:
The Office of Career and Professional Development does not endorse these or other similar sites.
BEFORE APPLYING FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
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. When your faculty supervisor approves your application, you will receive an approval email and you will be able to view it by clicking on EXPERIENTIAL and then CURRENT ACTIVITIES.
DOCUMENT UPLOAD & APPROVAL PROCESS
12. Once your application is approved by your Faculty Supervisor, click CURRENT ACTIVITIES.
13. Under DOCUMENTS on the right side, click on the notepad icon and upload the files below-
14. Email Nancy Benda, Career Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 towards their learning objectives. Evaluations generally fall 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 below 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
You cannot begin logging your hours until after you complete the entire application process and are registered. 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 Site Supervisor will complete separate Midterm Evaluations.
Please email the Midterm Evaluation link to your Site Supervisor so that they can complete the evaluation in a timely manner AND access the link here to complete your individual evaluation. These evaluations will keep all parties up-to-date on the progress that you have made at your internship site thus far. Once submitted, a copy of these evaluations will go to the Faculty Supervisor, Site Supervisor, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
At the end of your internship (when you have completed all required hours) both the student AND Site Supervisor will complete separate Final Evaluations. The evaluations are due on or before the last day of class for that particular semester.
Please email the Final Evaluation link to your Site Supervisor so that they can complete the evaluation in a timely manner AND access the link here to complete your individual evaluation. Once submitted, a copy of these evaluations will go to the Faculty Supervisor, Site Supervisor, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.