Q: What is an internship?
A: The College of Arts and Sciences considers an internship a credit-bearing course. You volunteer, work or shadow at a professional placement site within your field of study.
Internships may be performed locally, nationally, or overseas. If you are engaging in, or would like to engage in study abroad, volunteering, shadowing, or work, it may qualify for internship credit if it involves rigorous academic challenge and skill development in a professional setting, and meets the internship course requirements.
Internship courses require that you obtain internship pre-approval, complete required hours at a host site, attend classes or meetings with internship faculty, complete academic assignments, and receive a performance evaluation. The host site supervisor provides orientation, training, and regular monitoring, and completes the performance evaluation.
Q: Who can take the internship course?
A: All undergraduate majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Q: What are the benefits of an internship?
A: An internship immerses you in your chosen field of study from a professional viewpoint, in a real-life setting. It helps you decide upon a field of study; confirms your choice of major through practical application in a professional setting; offers you knowledge, skills, and technology complementary to your classroom learning; offers opportunities for statewide and global travel; earns you direct contact hours toward graduate school; provides you with a professional network; builds your resume; may result in professional letters of recommendation; and often leads to immediate and future job offers within your field.
Q: How are internships graded?
A: Internships typically earn letter grades. Grading varies by department and generally includes your receiving internship pre-approval, attending meetings or classes with the internship coordinator for your department, completing site hours, completing academic assignments, and receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation from your site supervisor.
Q: Why would I take an internship course for credit?
A: Internships earn you academic credit toward graduation by either fulfilling a core course requirement or general elective. In addition, you gain significant professional knowledge and skills that are monitored for maximum academic gain. The internship course is nationally recognized through college accreditation and therefore, potential interviewers know that the course has been screened and monitored for maximum academic gain.
Q: Why not take an internship for pay instead of credit?
A: Graduate schools and professional enterprises recognize accredited internships as more substantive and valuable than non-accredited or paid ones, because they realize that credit-bearing internships have been screened for rigorous academic achievement, skill development and personal growth. You should realize that the benefits you derive from your internship instead of an hourly wage—such as professional training, hours that may count toward certifications, travel opportunities, access to professional networks and flexible scheduling—are more valuable to you in the long run than an hourly wage would be.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Consult with your department’s internship coordinator or visit the CAS Internship Office on the first floor of Decary Hall to discuss possible host sites or to enroll.
Q: I found a site and want to sign up. What do I do now?
A: Visit with your department’s internship coordinator. After securing a site, you need to complete some paperwork and arrange a syllabus, academic assignments, due dates, and grading criteria.
Do you have further questions?
Contact the internship coordinator for your department or visit the CAS Internship Office in Decary 118.
CAS Internship Office
224 Danielle N. Ripich University Commons
Fax (207) 602-5880