An internship can provide the following benefits to students:
- Real world experience that you can discuss during future interviews.
- Opportunities to apply what you have learned in class to a real business.
- You may be able to offer a new perspective on a problem and help make a difference for an employer.
- Establish your professional reputation and begin building your professional network, including references you can draw from during your job search.
- Sometimes, interns are later made permanent job offers.
Talk with your academic advisor about incorporating an internship into your program. The following information outlines some general guidelines and how to get started.
What students are eligible to participate in internship?
The basic requirements to participate in an internship are:
- Sophomore or higher status
Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average
When can students take part in internships, and how many credits may they complete?
Internships may be completed for 3 to 12 credits in a given semester, or over the summer. Academic Advisors can provide guidance on the number of credits that will be most useful for individual students. Students must complete 40 hours of work for each credit awarded. Students will document their work hours, and the employer will sign off on timesheets to verify hours worked.
How will student internships be evaluated?
All students participating in an internship during a given semester will be enrolled in a Blackboard course. Students will submit weekly progress reports and reflections about their internship experiences. Students will also participate in discussion boards with their classmates, which may require reading assignments or similar preparation.
Students will submit a final reflection at the conclusion of the internship, and the employer will complete a Supervisor Evaluation. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis, and success in each of these areas will be required for successful completion of the internship.
Click here to fill out an Application of Interest in an internship. This information will let us know you would like to be considered for an internship so that we can assist you, it is not a commitment.