Internships provide professional experience that employers highly value. Also, internships allow you to apply classroom knowledge in practical settings. Through your internship, you experience firsthand what it is like to work in a particular profession or organization. This may affirm for you the career path you have chosen, or it may lead you to decide on a different path.
You can earn 1-6 hours of credit through an internship, which must be a new learning experience. A maximum of six hours of internship credit may be used to fulfill your degree requirements. Your advisor can help you determine if and how an internship will work best for you. You may intern during the fall, spring or summer semesters. You must complete a minimum of 48 site hours per semester for each credit hour.
While most internships are unpaid, there are occasional exceptions. Your duties vary according to the site and the internship agreement. Possible internship sites include businesses, nonprofit organizations, University offices, professional organizations, sports organizations and government offices.
To be eligible to receive credit for an internship, undergraduate students must meet the requirements listed below:
Credit cannot be given retroactively for prior internships, and sequential internships generally must be at different sites. As a general rule, internship credit is not given for regular student part-time jobs, but you may use your company contacts to arrange an internship within another department of that business.
Your proposal sheet should include the following items:
To obtain credit during the semester of enrollment, you must achieve the following: