Internships are one-time work or service experiences related to a student’s major or career goal. The internship plan generally involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. We encourage students to participate in at least one internship during their junior or senior year and assist with finding those opportunities locally, regionally, or nationally.
The benefits of an internship for a student:
- Sample a career field
- Hone skills and apply theories
- Broaden career horizons
- Network in the field
The success of the internship process relies heavily on the participation and expertise of all involved parties …the student intern, the site supervisor, and the faculty coordinator. A three-way partnership develops with the Office of Career Planning providing supervision and acting as facilitator and advocate throughout the process
Intern – An eligible participant is a student who has completed 60 college credits, maintained a GPA required by the major department, completed departmental prerequisites, and incurred no serious student conduct violations.
Site supervisor – A professional in the work world who possesses the required education, training, and desire to provide a student intern with a meaningful, college-level, work experience. The site supervisor acts as a mentor and guide to the intern and provides feedback on the intern’s progress to both the intern and the college.
Faculty coordinator – A faculty member from the intern’s major department who academically guides the student through the internship. It is the faculty coordinator who verifies the academic validity of the experience, and assists the intern in establishing meaningful learning objectives and recognizing the learning which has occurred. It is the faculty coordinator who determines the final grade for the internship.