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An internship is paid, unpaid or stipend – only opportunity for an undergraduate student to function in a typical “on-the-job” environment. The purpose to connect the world of work with the world of academia. The number of hours involved per week as well as the length of internship period will vary depending on the specific program. Generally, a student will work a minimum of 15 weeks and a minimum of 120 hours in the internship to receive three semester hours of credit.
The objectives are shared in a three-way partnership involving the student, Wilmington University and the agency providing the internship experience. The advantages to each partner are:
Wilmington University will grant academic credit to a student who successfully completes the internship program. The student and the faculty advisor will agree upon the number of credits as well as the level (upper/lower) before the internship begins. The student must register for the course upon the internship coordinator approval and before the internship begins. Students will not be allowed to participate in “informal arrangements.” The Structure of the program requires closes articulation between all parties and this is not possible where informal arrangements are allowed.
Internships are available only to undergraduate students. To qualify for an internship a student must exceed the standards found in the current Wilmington University catalog. In addition, prospective candidates must also demonstrate successful completion of specific courses relative to their intern assignment. The Program Coordinator/Division Chair prior to final selection will interview students.
A student’s responsibilities in an internship differ from those relating to a typical in-class experience. As a participant in an internship program a student:
Internships are graded pass/fail. A student’s evaluation 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 process may include written reports, oral presentation and appraisal data provided by the employer.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.