Why Internships?

  • Career Focus - "Graduates who complete three or more internships are more likely to secure full-time employment, with 81.1 percent of graduates reporting that the internships helped them shift their career directions either significantly (34.8 percent) or slightly (46.3 percent) by changing the focus of classes or majors." Looks Sharp's 2016 State of Millenial Hiring Report
  • A Potential Job — “In 2017, the offer rate for interns was 67.1 percent and the acceptance rate was 76.4 percent." National Association of Colleges & Employers 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey Report
  • Career Retention — “At the one-year mark, the retention rate in 2017 was 65.5 percent for full-time, entry-level hires who had internships or co-ops with the employers that hired them for their full-time positions (internal), 52.0 percent for these hires who had internships or co-ops with employers other than those that hired them for their full-time positions (external), and 46.2 percent for these hires who had no internship or co-op experience.” National Association of Colleges & Employers 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey Report
  • Cover Letter & Resume –  Students who do not have a resume will need to review the Resume Guide.pdf & Cover Letter Guide.pdf and make an appointment with the Graves Center for Calling and Career.

Types of Internships

An Academic Internship is for credit ranging from 1 - 3 credit hours per semester (occasionally more) and must be approved by the department chair in order to count toward a major and/or minor. Students must also seek a faculty member with qualifications appropriate to overseeing the internship's major area of study to supervise their internship, before the internship begins. Academic Internships may be paid or non-paid. Students are required to work 50-hours for every one credit hour. Internship courses are offered during fall, winter, spring, May and summer semesters. The faculty and academic department govern academic internships. Registration fees do apply for summer enrollment and/or any internship enrollment below 12-credit hours or above 18-credit hours limit in any given semester. For registration: Students must complete the online Academic Internship Registration/Application form.

A Non-Academic Internship is non-credit and provides a valuable learning experience that fits students’ specific vocational goals. Department of Labor defines that a non-academic internship requires financial compensation from the employer.  This may be offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students must complete the online Non-Academic Internship Application form.


  • Must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior. (First year students are welcome to explore internships. Reach out to the Graves Center staff to discuss.)
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (Students with GPA less than 3.0 may participate but should complete the Letter of Recommendation Request Form and submit it to the faculty member providing the recommendation)
  • Must be able and willing to work 10-20 hours a week.
  • Must be responsible to site organization and respectful of its code of ethics and confidentiality. Be on time. Meet dress codes. Meet deadlines assigned. Communicate to site supervisor for any reason of non-completion of task or inability to meet hours assigned.

Career Experience Internship Process

  • Complete interview training through the Graves Center for Calling and Career to prepare for an interview with the prospective supervisor. (Highly recommended for all students looking to complete an internship)
  • Contact potential internship organizations and schedule interview(s).
  • Inform the Graves Center for Calling & Career of site selection, site supervisor name and contact information. (Student is ultimately responsible for securing the internship)
  • Within two weeks of internship, schedule a meeting with the Graves Center for Calling & Career to review a Learning Contract. You may find it helpful to review these Contract Tips.
  • Schedule a meeting with your site supervisor to review your learning contract for supervisor’s approval and signature.
  • At the mid-point of the internship, schedule a meeting with your site supervisor to discuss your progress on accomplishing your goals and to verify if any adjustments in your strategies are necessary.
  • Upon completion of internship, complete “self-evaluation exercise” portion of learning contract. Schedule an appointment with Internship Coordinator to review the contract.
  • Complete Student Survey at the end of the internship.
  • Follow up with internship site supervisor.

Priority Dates

These dates are guidelines for students to begin an internship search to increase the number of opportunities and to ensure that you meet early deadlines for competitive internship programs. 

  • May term 2020 - May 1
  • Summer One 2020 - May 1
  • Summer Two 2020 - June 1

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