Internships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is an internship?An internship is a supervised pre-professional experience that gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a professional environment. There are internships in a variety of fields - non-profit, corporate, and government – and may pay a wage, stipend, or be unpaid. Internships are usually temporary, 1 month to a year, and can be pursued in fall, spring, or summer.
Why should I do an internship?
In doing an internship you get the opportunity to explore careers, gain professional experience, and earn academic credit. Internships give you an opportunity to:
- Gain valuable experience that relates to your major;
- Receive academic credit for your work (as approved by your academic department);
- Learn new skills and gain competencies;
- Clarify your career goals;
- Build experience on your resume;
- Make contacts that may lead to a fulltime position upon graduation.
How do I find out about specific internships?1. Academic departments are a key source of information since faculty has professional ties in their respective fields and many specialized internship announcements go directly to departments. Some academic departments require internships, and many offer their own organization or project recommendations. Always see the faculty advisor for recommendations and specific details.
2. Students can also use Seawolf Job-Link to search for internships. An internship listing is being developed and will be uploaded shortly.
3. Students can research organizations which fit their interests and proactively contact them to discuss the possibility of an internship.
What kind of internship placements are appropriate?Working closely with major advisors will ensure appropriate placement. Students must work in settings that are related to their course of study and/or their career goals. Credit will be granted for those learning experiences that relate to SSU’s academic programs. Job duties should be para-professional in nature as opposed to strictly community service or clerical.
What are some important timelines and procedures?
1. Students use the resources and guidelines indicated above to identify specific internships of interest as early as possible. Students contact potential placements directly. The organization or agency will screen applicants for internships; students should be prepared with a resume and may be required to go for an on-site interview.
2. The student needs to secure faculty support for the project and be offered an internship placement. The student must complete an Internship Agreement in consultation with both the faculty sponsor and the on-site internship supervisor. (This form is available from the faculty sponsor.)
3. To register for academic credit, the student must submit the signed and completed Internship Agreement to Admissions and Records no later than the last day to add classes for the semester. Deliver a copy of the completed Internship Agreement to the on-site supervisor as well.
Please note that this process will take time. Students should plan ahead and not wait until the first week of classes to start searching for an internship. Also, be aware of deadlines set by the organization offering the internship.