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 internships 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.
Is Financial Assistance Available For My Internship?
Financial assistance is available in some instances. It is administered by the Financial Aid Office. Please see this website for more information:
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 on your record until your internship is completed, at which time the faculty will submit a Change of Grade. 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.
I am an international student doing an internship in the United States, are there other requirements that I need to meet in order to get my internship approved?
- You will need to submit a current PDF degree audit to your application
- You must submit a job offer letter on the company letterhead that includes:
- Start Date
- End Date
- Students Name
- Company Name
- Job Title
- Job description
- How the student will be receiving training from the employer?
- The student must upload screenshots of course catalog Program Learning Outcomes to show that the job is directly related to their major.
How many credits can I earn for an internship?
Internship credit will be a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of six (6) credits. University policy states the maximum number of credits earned for internships may not be more than 5% of the 120-credit ceiling required for a bachelor’s degree, or 6 credits. Actual credit earned for each internship will be determined by the Department Internship Coordinator. If a student completes more than one internship, the combined credits earned cannot exceed six (6). If you are going to exceed six (6) credits, you will need permission from the faculty internship coordinator or department chair.