There are many ways to find an internship, and students are encouraged to use all available resources to search for them. However, before a student can start an internship, it must first be reviewed and confirmed for academic credit by the Internships & Career Services team. Students should not accept any internship offer until it has been confirmed for credit by ICS.
To ensure that an internship is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, we have adopted industry standards criteria for a quality internship:
The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
There are clearly defined learning objectives and goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
There is supervision by a professional with expertise and an educational or professional background in the field of the experience.
There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
There are resources, equipment and facilities provided by the host employer that support the learning objectives and goals.
ICS will not approve for academic credit any internship that is:
Virtual/remote or not located in a professional setting (e.g., home offices, cafes)
In a family-owned business or in an organization where a family member is supervising you or is in a position of authority over you
In an organization where you have previously volunteered, interned, or worked
Incompatible or not aligned with the internship seminar schedule
Does not meet the total hours on-site requirement
About the Internship Seminar
The internship seminar is a mandatory college credit course. The seminar will meet in the evenings to accommodate internship work schedules.
As part of the internship, you will create a Learning Plan that will help you gain knowledge and skills specific to your major, interests and internship organization. As a participant in the internship seminar, you will gain knowledge and skills that are valuable to leaders in any organizational setting. At the end of the internship experience, interns will be able to:
Create goals that are specific and measurable in order to develop lifelong learning strategies
Analyze the fit between an organization and its structure, human resource strategies, resources and culture, and external environment
Present organizational issues in a succinct, clear and persuasive way
Clarify career interests and goals
Articulate achievements and new skills and knowledge gained through the internship
We will announce and make available internship openings at various companies to students. Our career services team work around the clock to ensure students secure internships relevant to their studies.