About the Internship Program
An internship is designed to immerse students in a real-world work environment. Students will have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects, engage in problem solving activities, and be exposed to new trends and the latest technologies as well as network with professionals in the field. The typical internship student is a junior or senior with some major course work completed who seeks an in-depth, practical experience in their field. Students may also explore an internship unrelated to their major as an elective course.
Students can be assisted in identifying possible field placements in public or private agencies and companies. Field placements provide first-hand experiences upon which future career choices can be based. Students gain a better understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and their practical application through internships and field placements.
Enrolling in an Internship
The internship process and requirements may vary slightly for each program within the College of Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS). This webpage is intended to give students general information about the internship program and provide a point of contact for students who have decided to pursue an internship experience.
Written permission must be obtained from a Program Chair or Internship Coordinator prior to the semester registration period in which the placement is to occur. Upon approval by Program Chair or Internship Coordinator, a student will complete the regular course registration process. Tuition and fees are the same as standard course tuition. Internships/field placements are graded on a pass/fail basis.
Start the process by filling out the Internship Inquiry Form.
You are not obligated to participate in an internship by submitting the Internship Inquiry Form. this form just alerts the Internship Coordinator of your interest in learning more about the Internship process. The Internship Coordinator will contact you once your form is received.
Internships are graded pass/fail. A student’s final grade will be based on meeting all criteria mutually agreed upon by the student, the faculty advisor, and the supervisor at the participating agency. The evaluation criteria may include:
- Written reports
- Oral presentations
- Student logs/journals
- Appraisal data provided by the employer and/or faculty advisor
- Satisfaction of the required contact hours based upon the number of credits being earned, typically 30-40 hours per credit.
Things to Remember
While working on site and experiencing how organizations operate is a very important part of this experience, please keep in mind this is an academic experience and as such you will have to complete several academic assignments which complement the internship experience and must be completed to receive a satisfactory evaluation. The specific academic requirements will vary by program.
The Co-Operative Learning program is similar to the internship option in many ways. Both options provide students with the opportunity to apply skills and theories in a work environment, but there are some significant differences between the two. If you would like more information about pursuing the co-op option as a part of your studies, please check the Cooperative Education Webpage to determine which option best suits your needs. If you are having difficulties selecting which option is better for you, please feel free to contact your academic advisor for guidance.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.