What is a credit based internship?
"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives." - Definition formulated in May 2010 by internship professionals subscribed to the Internship-Net listserv
Eligibility Requirements for a Credit Based Internship
Junior or senior (freshmen and sophomores may not apply unless they have officially designated their major and obtained the approval of the dean of academic affairs)
Transfer students must have successfully completed at least one full-time semester (12 credits) at the Mount prior to the start of the internship, in addition to meeting the above criteria
Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
Meet the academic department internship prerequisites
Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
Internships for credit are considered a course, and as such, credits earned through an internship must be paid.
Credits earned during a regular semester as part of the full-time 16 hour credit maximum are not billed separately. Credits earned in excess of 16 credit hours are billed at the supplemental tuition rate.
Summer semester is a distinct term and all credits earned for this period are billed at the summer school rate and will include a registration and technology fee. Students must complete a Summer School Registration Form for internships taken during the summer.
Please read through the Experiential Education Policies and Guidelines for more detailed information.
Number of Credits
Mount students can earn anywhere from 1-12 credits for an internship experience. The number of credits is determined by the internship description/responsibilities as well as the number of hours completed during the internship.
Students participating in the credit based internship program are required to complete the following:
- Review the Experiential Education Policies and Guidelines.
- Select a faculty sponsor and discuss your plans with him/her.
- Search for, apply, and secure an internship placement.
- Complete a Learning Agreement upon securing an internship. Or print a pdf.
- Students and their Internship Site Supervisor must complete a mid and final set of evaluations during the course of the internship. (These forms will be provided by the Career Center.)
- Submit the Learning Agreement, with all signatures, to the Career Center prior to the deadline date:
Deadline Date for summer 2013: July 1, 2013
(Students beginning their internship earlier in the summer MUST complete and submit the Learning Agreement Form a minimum of two weeks prior to their internship start date.)
Students are responsible for ensuring that all information on the Learning Agreement is complete and accurate. Failure to submit the completed Learning Agreement by the final add/drop deadline date of the semester during which the internship takes place will result in credit being denied.
Deadline Date for Fall 2013: August 23, 2013. Student must also complete an add/drop form.
Why Experience An Internship for Academic Credit?
1) Gain access to selective internship sites
2) Many sites require academic accountability
3) Think about, and develop, personal and professional skills which will help you succeed in your career and lifelong learning
4) Open doors to graduate school by having an internship recorded on your transcript
5) Protect yourself legally under the college's liability policy
6) Process opportunities and challenges through personal interaction with peers and faculty
“The internship I completed with Kemper Sports Management the summer after my sophomore year was helpful as it provided me with a good reference to get the job I have now. I also did an internship with sports information which helped provide me with computer and technological skills useful for this position.” — Katie Letsch, Class of 2009