Internship FAQs

Who Is Eligible To Apply For The Program?

Applicants must be matriculated students of VU with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, 2.7 for a summer internship, and must be able to receive departmental academic credit for the experience. Internships are available for the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms of your junior and senior years.

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What Types of Internships are Available?

Over the years, the Internship Program office has arranged literally hundreds of placements. Directories of internship placements listed by academic majors are available for your perusal in the Program Office. View our online database of internships (VU username and password required).

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Can I Intern More Than Once?

A student can accumulate a total of fifteen (15) academic credits, which makes it possible to have more than one internship while attending Villanova.

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How Do I Earn Academic Credit For My Work Field?

The internship application process begins with the program director. Then you will arrange credit through your own department. You will be granted three to six credits during the Summer term, and from three to fifteen during the Fall or Spring. The credit is course equivalent, and will appear on your transcript. You need not make up additional courses to graduate.  Internships are graded S/U.

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Is Housing Available?

If you intern in the Delaware Valley and live on campus, you may continue to do so.  If you intern in Washington in the Fall or Spring, housing is provided with other student-interns from across the U.S. Except for Washington, housing in other areas is the responsibility of the student.

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How are the Internship Placements Arranged?

When accepted into the program, potential placement sites are discussed with you for your consideration. Usually arrangements are made for you by the director. In D.C., a Washington Center Staff member is assigned to locate several placement sites for you.

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What are the Benefits of this Program?

An internship provides the student with the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in a variety of settings. It allows professionals the opportunity to work closely with motivated students. It affords access to the unique concentration of human and organizational resources of the region. By dealing with an entirely new environment and learning to rely on personal resources, it provides the student with social, intellectual and emotional development. Besides personal growth students gain professional work experience, and acquire valuable job contacts.

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How Do I Apply for the Internship Program?

You should first reference the informational resources of the Internship Program office. Also, you should discuss your options with your department chairperson. You can then receive the application form for the program from the Director who will be glad to give you some guidance regarding your application. In any case, the actual application process begins with the Director.

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Are There Deadlines?

You will want to start planning for your internship will before application deadlines, and the Director will be glad to talk with you about your plans. Normally one pre-registers for internship credit as with any course selection. This is not always possible since placements might not be finalized. But in any case, the application process should be undertaken as early in the previous semester as possible. No applications are accepted after drop/add period in any given semester.  Also, the Washington Center deadlines can be noted in literature concerning the program.

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Who Do I Contact for More Information?

Your department chairperson, or:

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Dr. John O'Leary
Director - Internship Program
SAC 450, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Tel: 610.519.4454
Email: john.oleary@villanova.edu

Kathy Donati
Administrative Assistant
SAC 451, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085
Tel: 610.519.4232
Email: kathleen.donati@villanova.edu

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