What is an internship?
To ensure that an experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a
legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges and Employers definition, all the following criteria must be met:
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
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
There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals
of the student’s academic coursework.
There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/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 learning objectives/goals.
When is 3V57 offered?
3V57 is offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms.
How long does the approval process take?
All supervisors and instructors will approve your internship experience within 2 business
In order to get internship credit, do I go to the Registrar first?
No, please stop by Career Development in Augustine Hall with any questions. You will
register for the course via Handshake and Career Development will process your registration.
What is the minimum length of an internship in order to receive credit?
When can I begin interning for credit?
You must be a sophomore (at least 30 credit hours have been completed).
I got an internship after the add/drop date. Can I still sign up?
This is a very rare case. If you think you will receive an internship after the add/drop
date, you must notify Career Development BEFORE the add/drop deadline. Email email@example.com.
I did an internship last semester. Can I get retroactive credit?
No. The course requires that you be working while registered for the course. The university
cannot award retroactive credit for an internship you completed in the past.
What are you looking for in a learning objective?
Learning objectives are goals that you are trying to achieve in your internship. Goals
must be measurable and be able to be evaluated. For example:
- Objective: Learn and implement a social media marketing plan.
- Measured/evaluated by: Increase of followers.
Can I receive major-specific credit for my internship?
Please contact the department chair in order to see if you can receive course credit
for your internship.