Internships Overview

An experience, paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, usually of one semester in length, consisting of substantive and supervised work that complements a student's academic program. It is distinguished from other work experiences because it is directly related to a student's program of study and has clearly defined learning objectives. In addition, it provides the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills by applying academic solutions to real life problems. The long-term goal of any internship is to develop mutual beneficial relationships between the university, students, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Getting Started with Internships

  1. Internship: minimum 150 hours for 3 credits per semester
  2. 60/40 Rule: Professional & Para-Professional vs. Clerical & Other
  3. Internships vary by department and require faculty sponsor
  4. Educational in Nature/Professional Supervision/Written Evaluations and Outcomes
  5. Developing a position description and identifying qualifications (Center for Career Development will help)
  6. Contact our office

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