Internship FAQ

Do I have to do an internship?

Internship requirements vary by major. Check with your Faculty Internship Coordinator for complete information.

What are my responsibilities?

You are responsible for securing an internship and registering it with the Internships office in the Academic Discovery Center. If possible this should be done before starting the internship or within the first three weeks of work. Once you have secured your internship, contact your faculty internship coordinator who will lead you through the rest of the process.

How do I find an internship? Who can help me?

Start here: How to Find an Internship

Are internships paid?

Since you are responsible for finding your own internship, it's up to you to determine what type of position you select. Some fields will typically offer paid internships while in other fields internships are generally arranged on a volunteer basis. Unpaid experiences can provide great experience and could lead to higher paying jobs later. Depending on your field of study, some of the best internships are unpaid.

How do I register for an internship?

Start here: Internship Approval

Do I need insurance during my internship?

Health Insurance: All students will need to carry health insurance during their internship, whether through the University or through a family/private insurance company.

Compensation Insurance: Depending on the company/organization you are working for and the state in which they are located, your employer may provide Workers Compensation for you in case of an on-the-job accident. The University does not provide this coverage.

Liability Insurance: During the registration process, your experience provider will sign a Master Agreement. This will ensure that each intern is covered by the University's liability policy during the semester of their experience.

What do I do when I'm done?

You will receive a reminder to complete an internship evaluation. In addition, you should check in with your faculty internship coordinator to see if there are any final evaluations, assignments or reports that you need to submit prior to receiving your final grade for the course.

Are internships pass/fail, or do I receive a grade?

All internships are academic courses, and if you successfully complete the course you will receive credit and a grade. Any questions about grades should be addressed to your internship faculty coordinator. Grades will not be posted until the end of the semester.

If your experience ends after the end of the semester, your faculty may decide to hold your grade until you are done. In this case, a T grade will appear until you are done, at which time the faculty will submit a Change of Grade form. T grades for internships do not affect your ability to register for the following semester's courses or adversely affect your student standing. Your internship will not be considered complete until the grade is issued.