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:
- The student can complete an internship that is FOR academic credit. To receive academic credit for an internship, please review the Application Process tab.
- The student can complete an internship that is NOT for academic credit. Although no additional paperwork is needed, we would love to stay connected. Tell us where you’re interning using the Internship Update Form!
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.
- If you are seeking course credit and have not completed 60 credit hours, but have at least 16 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA, please consider enrolling in EXP 1402. For more information, reach out to Doug Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Exploring Your Major and Career Path.
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.
- Internships must coincide with either the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- During the fall and spring semesters, any overload fees will apply if your internship takes you over the allotted 18 credits. This must be approved by the Dean of your school.
- During the summer semester, you must register for summer school and will be charged tuition according to the per-credit hour summer rate. These rates may differ from the per-credit hour tuition in the fall and spring.
- All interns are required to have both an internship site supervisor (someone who will supervise you when you are at your internship site) and a faculty supervisor (a faculty member who will assign you a grade of pass/fail at the end of the semester).
- NOTE: Please make sure that you speak with your faculty supervisor prior to listing them on your internship application. Your faculty supervisor is responsible for assigning you a grade at the end of the semester and will need to be aware of all students that they are supervising at the start of each semester.
- During the internship period, a record of work (time log) must be submitted electronically each week. The student and site supervisor will also complete midterm and final evaluations of the students’ progress. Additional assignments or expectations vary by department.
- Internship credits may not be earned for part-time work or fewer hours than stated in the contract. Any contract modifications must have prior approval from the faculty supervisor, department chair, and Career and Professional Development.
- The work area should have an academic and future occupational interest and be one in which the student has no prior experience.
- Internship responsibilities must have academic relevance and future occupational interest. To qualify as an internship site, hosts must meet the criteria established by Career and Professional Development.
- Credits may be received in any major subject area of the University. Up to six credits may be applied toward elective hours in the major with the department’s permission. All internships are graded pass/fail by the faculty supervisor.
The HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement details the internship responsibilities for each party involved. For additional clarification, please reach out to Faith Cochran at email@example.com.
The deadline to register an internship for academic credit is contingent on the start date and end date of the internship, and 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 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
- Review HPU’s internship eligibility, requirements, responsibilities, and deadline to ensure compliance.
- Meet with your faculty advisor to confirm that your desired internship is eligible for academic credit and to discuss the items below.
- Job description provided by your site supervisor
- Determine learning objectives
- Course subject code= Internship
- Course subject code (Ex. HRE, COM, BUA)
- Course subject number (Ex. 4811, 4812, 4813)
- Course credit hours (Ex. 4, 6, 8)
- Course instructor name and email
- Have your site supervisor sign the HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement ensuring their duties and responsibilities. This form will be required for the internship application.
- Log in to Purple Briefcase using your HPU email and password.
- Under MY BRIEFCASE on the left side of the page, click EXPERIENTIAL.
- Click START AN APPLICATION and fill out the application in its entirety.
- For BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE POSITION, LEARNING OBJECTIVES, AND OTHER IMPORTANT FACTORS, please copy and paste the documents you discussed with your faculty adviser (during step 2)
- Are you a communications major? If so, please include your COM GPA
- For COURSE SUBJECT NAME, type Internship
- For COURSE SUBJECT CODE, COURSE SUBJECT NUMBER, COURSE CREDIT HOURS, COURSE INSTRUCTOR NAME, and EMAIL, type in the information provided by your faculty advisor (during step 2)
- Read the TERMS OF SERVICE at the bottom of the application.
- Once completed, SUBMIT APPLICATION.
- After the above steps are complete your application will be emailed to your faculty advisor for approval.
- 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.
- If not, please send a friendly email to your faculty advisor to ensure they received the application.
- Click CURRENT ACTIVITIES.
- Under DOCUMENTS on the right side, click on the notepad icon and upload the files below:
- Signed copy by the student AND site supervisor of the HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement (mentioned in step 3)
- Copy of unofficial or official transcript
- Copy of resume
- Copy of learning objectives
- Copy of job description
- Email 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 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.
Weekly Time Log
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.
- Log in to Purple Briefcase using your HPU email and password
- Under MY BRIEFCASE on the left side of the page, click EXPERIENTIAL
- Click CURRENT ACTIVITIES
- Click the clock icon under TIME ENTRY
- Under TIME ENTRY, input the appropriate time range, number of hours, and comments
- Click ADD TIME
Midterm Evaluation Form
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 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.
Final Evaluation Form
Student interns AND their site supervisors must both complete the 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.