An internship provides an opportunity for students to utilize their academic classroom experience in a real-world setting. The goal is to help prepare students by emerging them into a career experience and facilitate their transition into the workplace.
Each internship is unique in accord with the student’s major and his/her educational and professional goals. The student plays an active role in creating learning objectives for the individualized experience.
Note: Students are not eligible to complete an internship for academic credit until they have earned at least 60 credit hours. Please check with your individual department to determine if your major has additional requirements related to internships for academic credit.
If you are seeking credit and do not yet have 60 credit hours, please refer to our Externship Course.
Internships can often be the first step toward a rewarding full-time position, so be sure that you maximize the opportunity. Please review the following article from Business Insider offering 15 ways to stand out as an intern.
|3 credits||120 total work hours|
|4 credits||160 total work hours|
|6 credits||240 total work hours|
|8 credits||320 total work hours|
|10 credits||400 total work hours|
|12 credits||480 total work hours|
When thinking about completing an internship for academic credit, you will need to plan ahead. Follow the steps below to apply for internship credit.
Step 1: Application Checklist
Refer to the Application Checklist to verify that you meet all qualifications and to ensure that the application is filled out properly.
Step 2: The Internship Application is now available as a Word document. Please TYPE your application and obtain the appropriate hand-written signatures. The Office of Career & Internship Services is the last signature that you will need to obtain before completing the application process.
NOTE: Students completing summer internships must pay for each credit that they intend to receive.
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.
All paperwork must be submitted electronically.
Each week, student interns must complete an online Weekly Time Log. A copy of this log will go to both the faculty and site supervisor, along with a staff member from the Office of Career & Internship Services. The student intern will also receive a copy of their submitted time log.
Student interns and their site supervisors must complete the online Midterm Evaluation Form at the halfway point of the internship experience. Please email the Midterm Evaluation link to your Site Supervisor so that they can complete the evaluation in a timely manner. A copy of this form will go to both faculty and site supervisor, along with a staff member from the Office of Career & Internship Services. The student intern will also receive a copy of the submitted forms.
Student interns and their site supervisors must complete the online Final Evaluation Form at the end of the internship experience. Please email the Final Evaluation link 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 & Internship Services. The student intern will also receive a copy of the submitted forms.