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Frequently Asked Questions

Why take part in an internship?

Internships can help you create a stronger resume, gain valuable interviewing experience, obtain practical job experience in a professional environment, generate self-confidence and personal knowledge, help define career choices, develop skills and earn credit toward graduation.

Who is qualified to apply?

Juniors and seniors who meet a minimum GPA requirement (2.0 cumulative) and have the recommendations of three faculty members are eligible. An internship should be approved the semester before it is taken, and when possible, the learning agreement should be completed prior to the registration of an internship. The learning agreement evolves from guidelines established by the faculty supervisor and the on-site supervisor, as well as from your personal and career objectives.

When can I intern?

Students can intern during an academic term or during the summer. Some students opt for an internship placement which begins in summer and continues through the fall semester, while others begin an internship in the spring semester and continue to intern through the summer.

Do I get academic credit?

Yes, credit hours will depend on the number of hours you will work. The formula for calculating credit is: 45 contact hours = one credit hour. Students may earn between one and 15 credits. Credits can only be taken in the major department and should be related to your major or career goals.

Do I get paid?

Some internships are paid, but many are not, depending upon the availability of funds at the sponsoring organization. Many organizations, particularly nonprofit organizations, simply do not have the funding to pay interns. Other organizations view internships as the opportunity for them to gain valuable services as a trade-off for providing interns with training.

Is financial assistance available?

If you are eligible for financial aid, you can use it to help finance the internship. Extra costs related to an internship can be reviewed for additional financial aid. All interns receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office prior to an internship. You might be able to defray the costs of an internship by locating an internship near your home so you will not have to pay for room and board. Another option is to arrange a part-time internship that will allow you time for a paying job. You may wish to consider an internship during the regular academic year while taking classes.

How does the grading system work?

Faculty supervisors are responsible for evaluating your learning. Your grade is based on various elements, including: monthly logs, on-site supervisor's midterm and final evaluations, and your faculty supervisor's evaluation. The department awarding credit for the internship may have additional requirements such as an "integration paper" relating your experience to classroom theory, supplemental readings or an oral presentation.

Need help finding an appropriate internship?

Career Services & Internships can assist you in identifying your interests and appropriate career areas. An interest test, personality profiles, opportunities, employer requirements and resume assistance are available to all prospective interns. Stop by and explore the directories and listings in our office. Also, check out the job and internship listings on the internet.