Students seeking an internship must file an application form (vu username and password required) and complete the internship agreement, and submit a résumé, job description, and essay detailing the reasons for interning. The application procedure is completed online through the Internship Web site.
Students should also review the internship guidelines available on the right side of this page prior to applying for internship credit.
Students must secure academic credit approval before the internship begins. Students must schedule a meeting with the Director of the Internship Program. Academic credit is not awarded retroactively for an internship. A maximum of 15 total credits may be earned through the Internship Program.
Monetary compensation for an internship does not affect eligibility to receive academic credit. A student may receive both monetary compensation and academic credit for an internship.
To earn academic credit for an internship, a student agrees to complete the following requirements:
Internships during the fall and spring semesters are included in the regular semester tuition. The tuition for a summer (3-credit) internship course is $930.
Internships are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. Internship credits count toward graduation, but are not included in the calculation of the student’s overall GPA. The academic internship will appear on a student’s transcript under the academic department awarding credit.
Internships must be at least 150 work hours in length to earn three (3) credits. To earn an additional three (3) credits, the student would need to complete an additional 150 work hours and register for additional credit. In all cases, the employer must verify the number of hours worked.
Multiple internships: Students are encouraged to complete multiple internships. If a student wants to continue an internship experience for an additional semester, the student must demonstrate that he/she is completing additional responsibilities. The Internship Program and the faculty chair of the sponsoring academic department determine the legitimacy and issuance of credits for interships.
To register for an internship, students must complete the online application according to the following deadlines:
Spring 2016: December 1, 2015
Summer 2016: May 2, 2016
Fall 2016: July 15, 2016
To participate in an academic internship, a student must meet the following requirements:
There are four types of internships:
Major: A practical experience related to the student's major. This is the most common way for students to take part in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship Program. There may be prerequisite coursework before a student will be permitted to do an internship. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all course requirements for an internship.
Minor: An experience related to the student's minor. Some departments require prerequisites to complete an internship.
Concentration: An experience related to the student's concentration. Some departments require prerequisites to complete an internship.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective: The Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Internship allows a student to complete an internship as a career exploration opportunity in an area unrelated to the student's major, minor, or concentration. The Elective Internship provides students an opportunity to use their transferable skills and gain professional experience.
“My internship was both challenging and rewarding. The single most valuable thing I learned in my internship is that I am passionate about news media and the broadcast industry. I truly felt as though I could be helpful to the team and contribute, but still had room to learn and grow wherever possible.”
-Alexandra (Lexi) Nahl, ‘17