An internship is a supervised work-related experience, volunteer or compensated that is related to an academic discipline and is sponsored, evaluated, and graded by a University faculty member. The internship is a new experience and does not represent credit for past work or continuation of the current work situation.
In order to be eligible to enroll in an internship, students must:
- Be in good academic standing, with an overall GPA that must be at least 2.0.
- Have completed a minimum of six credits in the major and 55 credits for the degree. Completion of 12 credits in the major will be sufficient to waive the degree credit requirement.
Earning credit for academic internship:
- Students must be registered for an internship course at the time they are completing the internship in order to earn credit.
- You may complete an internship for one to three credit hours, and up to six with special permission.
- Students enrolled in an internship course (see available course options below) engage in formal and reflective writing, journaling, and analysis about their work experience and how it relates to their academic and career pursuits. Class workshops and group discussions provide further opportunities for debriefing and consolidation of ideas and skills.
- The credits/grade earned are a combination of the hours “on the job” and the academic work completed during the internship.
- Grades are reported as S for satisfactory or NC for no credit.
- A maximum of six internship credits can be used as requirements in a major, with three additional internship credits available to be used towards graduation. No more than a total of nine credits of internship can be counted toward graduation.
- A faculty member must sponsor the internship. For students enrolled in CGS offered internships, the sponsoring faculty member is the internship course instructor.
The following criteria govern the approval of internships:
- Clear relevance to academic program.
- Internship duties and responsibilities appropriate for university credit (intern not exempt from routine work).
- New learning experience aimed at deepening and broadening one’s knowledge and skills. Previous/current work experience will not be considered.
- An individual at the internship location must agree to supervise the experience.
Note: If you are completing an internship at a facility external to the University, you may be required to have a criminal background check, an ACT 33/34 clearance, and perhaps a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in the internship. Additionally, in order to become licensed or employed, many states will inquire as to whether or not you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.
Available Internship Course Options
|CGS Program of Study||Course||Internship Course Instructor||Internship Hours Required|
|Administration of JusticeLegal StudiesPublic ServiceNon-Profit Management Certificate||CGS 1900-7715 Choosing Your Path Internship|
Brianna McMeekinCareer Consultant: College of General Studies/Veteran Students * 412-624-1689 * firstname.lastname@example.org
|Media and Professional Communications & all other programs not listed here||CGS 1900-7710 Choosing Your Path Internship||Mark Burdsall * 412-624-8038 * email@example.com||120|
|National Preparedness and Homeland Security Certificate||NPHS 1900||Drs. Carry Balaban or Kenneth Sochats * firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com||150|