INTERNSHIP BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
Did you know 46 out of 48 academic programs at USF offer internships?
- Enhances classroom learning by integrating academic curriculum and real-world work experience.
- Internship programs enable students to apply classroom theory to actual work situations.
- Confirms or redirects career decision-making through on-the-job experience in a chosen field.
- Internship programs allow students to test out their interests and develop their long-range career plans, and provide a basis to select elective course work which integrates their studies and career goals.
- Internship programs enhance the graduate’s marketability by providing on-the-job training.
- Encourages completion of college for all students by linking school to work and by providing access to internship earnings.
- Internship programs develop students’ overall maturity by strengthening resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-discipline and sense of responsibility.
- Students develop human relations skills through interaction in career settings.
- Improves job opportunities after graduation by giving students valuable work experience and contact with potential future employers.
- Provides a better understanding of what is expected if one is to succeed in the workplace.
- Internships can provide broader, more meaningful work experience than is often available to an off-the-street hire.
- Teaches valuable job-search skills such as career assessment, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
Internships are full or part-time, credit or non-credit bearing, short-term, supervised, work experiences. They can be established on or off-campus and may be paid or unpaid. Faculty members, collaborating with an on-site supervisor, monitor and supervise student progress, detail content, and evaluate final achievement. Not included in the internship category are field work, practica, student teaching, clinical experiences, and independent study experiences.
Internships provide the opportunity for a student to integrate work and formal education with experts in his/her major field of study, to test the chosen career path, and to be involved in activities like those of full-time employees.
The University of St. Francis expects that the objectives of an internship be content based, skill related, academically substantive, value related, and integral to the students’ academic and career path. If you need assistance developing learning objectives that align with your Internship goals, please speak with your Faculty Supervisor.
TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS
Academic Credit Internships:
- Paid Internship/For-Credit – Partnership between student and employer. Students will gain degree related work experience while being paid from employer and receiving course credit from the University.
- Unpaid Internship/For-Credit – Experience strongly related to an academic discipline to be deemed credit worthy, a faculty is assigned to oversee credit issued.
Non-Academic Credit Internships:
- Paid Internship/Non-Credit – Exist mainly in the private for profit employer sector – students are paid to learn specific objectives while they work.
- Unpaid Internship/Non-Credit – Focus on providing a service and gaining degree related on-the-job experience, opportunities are generally unpaid. Unpaid internships typically take place in the non-profit sector.
ELIGIBILITY AND LENGTH
The following represent minimum standards. Individual departments may set additional or higher standards.
To be eligible for an internship, the student must meet all of the following requirements:
- The student must have an established USF G.P.A and have fulfilled the internship prerequisites identified by the department awarding the credit.
- The student must have completed 6 semester hours within the major
- The student must have earned at least a 2.50 overall G.P.A. in course work at the University of St. Francis.
Length of Internship Assignments
The number of semester hours of credit granted on an internship is dependent upon the expected learning experience, amount of challenge, exposure to the field, number and difficulty of oral and written papers and presentations, and contact or clock hours. The intern must meet the minimum requirement of 40 clock hours for each semester hour of credit.
INTERNSHIP LEARNING CONTRACT PROCEDURES
- If planning to do an internship for academic credit, please meet with your Academic Advisor to learn more about potential credit hours and scheduling.
- If a student needs assistance with internship leads or resume editing please visit the Career Success Center to make an appointment at 815.740.4295 by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by N204.
- After the student has been accepted by an employer as an intern, the student requests the Internship Learning Contract from the Career Success Center, or can download it on the portal:
Portal>Departments>Career Success Center>Internships>Internship Forms>Scroll down until you see the Learning Contract link.
Portal>Departments>Career Services>Internships>Internship Forms>Learning Contract
- The student is responsible for completing the information required on the first page and verifying the employer has completed all necessary information required of the Internship Employer section.
- When the above information is finalized, the assigned Faculty Supervisor reviews the front page for accuracy and then completes the Academic Course Credit Information section. It is important the ID number is listed, the number of credits and the course number information be filled out, if the internship will be awarded course credit. If you are completing an internship for non-credit but would like the experience to be indicated on your transcript please skip the Academic Course Credit Information section. Please note there is a $25 processing fee for non-credit internships.
- After all signatures have been secured, the student takes the completed form to the Career Success Center and then to the Registrar’s office for recording of the course number and credit hours to be officially enrolled for the internship credit.
- After the student has been registered for the internship credit, the Learning Contract is forwarded to the Career Success Center by the appropriate deadline date either by the student or the Registrar’s office
- In addition to the Faculty Supervisor making continual contact with the employer, the Career Success Center will reach out to the employer after the internship has started to introduce our department. The Career Success Center will also send a final communication to the employer after the internship has ended.
- Student weekly log forms and midterm and final evaluation forms can be located on the portal:
ROLES OF SIGNATURES ON LEARNING CONTRACT
- Department Chair OR College Dean: Approves internship under course degree requirements and assigns Faculty Supervisor if necessary.
- Student Intern: Submits weekly logs and, midterm and final evaluations to Faculty Supervisor.
- Faculty Supervisor/Academic Advisor: Supervise Internship, encouraged to establish structured communication plan with employer every two weeks of internship, and work with student to provide guidance, assistance and monitor weekly logs and evaluations.
- Employer Supervisor: Monitors Interns responsibilities, and performs a midterm and final evaluation on student intern.
- Career Success Center: Approves Internship site and duties as a legitimate learning experience, and records internship information for tracking purposes. Career Success Center will reach to employer at the conclusion of the internship.
- Registrar’s Office: Registers student for appropriate Internship Class and term, and verify the number of credits to be recorded for transcript and tuition purposes under the term the internship is performed