Here is a list of things you need to do to secure an internship. Any matriculated undergraduate, with the exception of first-year students, may complete an internship during the fall and spring semesters. Summer internships can also be arranged, but students are responsible for tuition fees determined by the number of credits taken.
- Read through the Directory of Internships. Identify those placements that interest you most by looking through the online listing on this page.
- Review your choices. Past intern evaluations are available. Contact the Career Development Center for help defining your areas of interest and figuring out which internships might be best for you.
- Prepare a résumé. You should have a résumé that you can share with potential “employers.” Career Development advisers can help you prepare a résumé and cover letter.
- Contact the organizations. Make preliminary contact with the Internship Contact of each organization that interests you. Find out if the placement will be available for the semester being considered and, if you decide to pursue the placement, try to arrange an interview. The Career Development Center offers many different ways to prepare for interviews.
- Communicate. Let the placement contacts know whether or not you are accepting the internship.
- Engage a faculty sponsor. Once the placement is arranged, you need to enlist the guidance of a faculty member. You can use the Faculty Bank, past intern evaluations, and your own understanding of professors’ fields of study to determine who might be interested in your internship placement. The faculty sponsor will help you develop the academic portion of the internship and will also evaluate the internship.
- Download Contract, Instructions and Guidelines. The Internship Contract includes details such as the job description and academic assignments as well as due dates and meetings with your faculty sponsor. The completed form is signed by the faculty sponsor, the sponsor’s department chair and by your field supervisor. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get these signatures, since the forms cannot be approved without them. The instructions included in the contract provide a detailed step-by-step guide on completing your contract. Once completed, the contract should be returned to the Career Development Center. **Academic internships are generated by academic departments/programs allowing students to earn credit toward a major, minor or other program. Before you undertake an academic internship, you must discuss this option with the department chair and faculty sponsor or program director and receive prior written consent. Detailed information regarding Academic Internships can be found in the Student Handbook.**
- Register. Once your contract is completed and signed, please give the original to the Career Development Center and make copies for your faculty sponsor, your field supervisor and yourself. Late or incomplete contracts will not be accepted. The deadline for registering for an internship is the third day of classes of each term.
- Evaluations. At the end of the term, you will fill out an evaluation form that will remain on file. Your field supervisor will also fill out an evaluation form that will be forwarded to the faculty sponsor to be used in the evaluation process.