STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT UNTIL THEY HAVE EARNED 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 academic credit and do not yet have 60 credit hours, please refer to our Externship program.
The creation, approval, and implementation of an internship is a collaborative experience among a student, faculty supervisor, site supervisor (and other on-site staff), and the Office of Career & Internship Services. Each person is responsible for contributing to the overall success of the internship experience. Specific responsibilities are listed below.
Organization/Site Supervisor Responsibilities
1. Provide a positive, supportive learning environment in which the intern may participate in work that directly correlates to their academic major.
2. Designate an area expert to serve as the site supervisor; provide a meaningful orientation for the intern to the organization’s purpose, services, clientele, and operating practices. Make available space, supplies, and other resources needed for completing assignments.
3. Harassment in any form, including sexual harassment, will not be tolerated in this work environment. This behavior may include using explicit language, gestures, graphics, verbal or nonverbal suggestions, subtle or overt threats, and the like. If at any time, an intern is made to feel uncomfortable by a coworker or supervisor, s/he should report the incident to the site supervisor and faculty supervisor immediately. Action cannot be taken if the incident goes unreported.
4. This organization is covered by liability and/or accident insurance. In the unlikely event that an intern is injured in the performance of typical job duties, this organization will assist with the cost of necessary medical care not covered by the intern’s personal medical insurance.
5. Complete and discuss with the intern a minimum of 2 evaluations–midterm and final–with emphasis on progress made towards learning objectives and plan for continued learning. Submit the written evaluations to HPU Career & Internship Services in a timely manner.
6. Review and sign Weekly Time Logs. Notify the faculty supervisor immediately in the event the intern’s performance becomes unsatisfactory.
7. Appreciate diversity in all of its forms and respect various social and political viewpoints; do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national/ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
Student Intern Responsibilities
1. Demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, which includes arriving on time for designated work, notifying the site supervisor of any deviations from the established schedule, and dressing to the standards of the organization and the work being performed. Respect the organization’s reporting structure and follow the policies and procedures of the organization.
2. Communicate effectively with the site supervisor, immediate supervisor (if different from site supervisor), and other staff within the organization; accept and apply critiques and suggestions to daily work in an effort to become more productive and/or efficient.
3. Complete and submit to the faculty supervisor Weekly Time Logs. Complete and discuss with the site supervisor the midterm and final evaluations. Submit the evaluations to HPU Career and Internship Services in a timely manner.
4. Communicate with the site supervisor and/or faculty supervisor any issues that may affect the your performance of assigned responsibilities or the overall success of the experience.
5. Appreciate diversity in all of its forms and respect various social and political viewpoints; do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, nation/ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
6. Uphold the High Point University Conduct Code and act in an ethical manner when on and off-campus and while representing the host organization.
Faculty Supervisor Responsibilities
1. Work constructively and effectively to assist the student in the application process, which may include helping the student find an appropriate internship site and create viable field-specific learning objectives.
2. Maintain consistent contact with the intern to monitor progress and address any concerns that may arise during the internship experience.
3. Track Weekly Time Logs submitted by the intern.
4. Review and offer feedback on the mid-term and final evaluations submitted by the intern and site supervisor.
5. Submit the final grade for the intern by the date set by the Registrar’s Office.
6. Appreciate diversity in all of its forms and respect various social and political viewpoints; do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national/ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Office of Career and Internship Services Responsibilities
1. Work constructively and effectively to assist the student in the application process, which may include helping the student find an appropriate internship site.
2. Communicate with the student to resolve any issues with the application (missing information, internship criteria concerns, etc).
3. Submit approved internship applications to the Director of Financial Planning, so the student’s account is appropriately charged (summer and EDP terms only).
4. Submit approved internship applications to the Registrar’s Office, so the appropriate course is added to the student’s schedule.
5. Submit all weekly time logs and mid-term and final evaluations to the faculty supervisors.
6. Appreciate diversity in all of its forms and respect various social and political viewpoints; not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national/ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation.