Internships

Internships

According to the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, an internship is, “Any type of carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. The important thing to remember about an internship is that it is more than a short-term job or volunteer work. The student must enter the internship with specific learning goals in mind. Therefore it is very important for students to discuss their internship objectives with their major professors when planning internships and to select a cooperating faculty sponsor who can best help them achieve their objectives.”

Internships provided opportunities

  • Explore and confirm career choices
  • Gain practical experience to give you a competitive edge in the job market
  • Ease the transition from school to the workplace
  • Gain exposure with current technology and knowledge in the field
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Earn and develop job search skills

Eligibility and Requirements

Overall Eligibility and Notes
  • Must have completed a minimum of 60 academic credit hours
  • Grade point average of at least 2.0 and above is recommended
  • Class credit must be listed as a 480 course (if academic credit is desired)
  • No more than 2 internships may be pursued at any one agency
  • A maximum of 9 unit credits in Internship 480 may be applied toward graduation, no more than 6 unit credits may be applied to the same internship site
  • The Director of Career Services and Internships will be creating and implementing a contact plan for interns and their internship sites to include 3 contacts each and one on site visit
Phase 1: Preparing and Applying
  • Identify the type of internship experience you want, focus on one that compliments your career goals and interests
  • Meet with the Director of Career Services and Internships the semester before your internship experience to review the program requirements, forms, procedures
  • Meet with a faculty member who will serve as your cooperating professor throughout your internship experience
  • Contact potential employers to investigate the possibility of completing an internship within their organization
  • Meet with your site supervisor/employer at the internship site to develop a “proposal” of what you will be responsible for during your internship experience- goals, daily responsibilities, special projects, etc
  • Return to speak with your cooperating professor to have the remaining paperwork signed
  • Internship applications must be completed and returned to the office prior to the start of your internship, incomplete applications will not be accepted- the application must have site supervisor and cooperating professor signatures before service hours can begin
  • Registered interns will be required to attend a training session reviewing requirements and goals of the program
Phase 2: Internship 480 Course Requirements:
  • Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of service at the internship site during the term of experience
  • Students must submit weekly journal logs each week that detail hours worked and duties preformed
  • Students must submit a final paper to the office upon completion of the internship experience- papers are due the last day of class each term
  • Site supervisors will complete a mid-term and final evaluation of student performance, a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) will be assigned
  • Upon completion students are required to submit the student evaluation form the office of career service, reflecting their thoughts and opinions of their internship experience

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If you would like to talk with us one on one, send us an email to make an appointment at ocs@bridgewater.edu or stop by our office in the Learning Commons Academic Resources Suit Room 126 &127. Our office has several handouts and pamphlets that also provide valuable information to help you along the way.