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Behavioral Sciences Internships


INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES

  • Students must have completed at least 60 credit hours of appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for internship academic credit.
  • Internship credit cannot be granted retroactively, which means you must be registered for internship credit during the same semester in which your internship is completed.
  • Existing jobs do not qualify for internship college credit; this is meant to be a new learning experience. Please contact Lisa Tessier at ltessier@drury.edu if you have questions about this guideline.
  • Family members cannot act as site supervisors, so if you are doing an internship in a family business, identify someone not related to you to oversee the internship.
  • You must complete all internship site hours within the semester at the same site under one site supervisor (though you may rotate through various departments for a broad based experience).
  • Internships for credit are semester-long credit courses and students are expected to work at the internship site for the entire semester. 

NOTE: Students are responsible for notifying their faculty sponsor and Lisa Tessier at ltessier@drury.edu if their internship circumstances change for any reason.  


WHERE DO I START?

  1. Discuss your internship plans with your faculty sponsor (see Faculty Sponsor below)
  2. Apply for and secure an internship (see Internship Sites below)
  3. Complete the online Internship Learning Contract form (see Forms below)
  4. Read email notifications for final steps on how to submit paperwork to Career Planning and Development in order to register for credit. (see Deadlines below)

NOTE: Submit summer semester internship paperwork before leaving campus for the summer.

International Students: Check our tip sheet for information specific to international students. 


FORMS

Internship Learning Contract

Change of Schedule  (for summer semesters only - under Student Forms on MyDrury )


DEADLINES

Complete and turn in all signed paperwork to CP&D in Bay Hall 148 in order to register for credit by the deadline.

For summer internships, submit paperwork and register before leaving campus.

Once registered, you can begin counting site hours toward the minimum requirement (see Credit/Tuition below).  Students who fail to complete the forms before the deadline will be ineligible to receive academic course credit for the internship.


FACULTY SPONSORS

The faculty sponsor for Behavioral Sciences majors/minors is Dr. Valerie Eastman at veastman@drury.edu.

Dr. Eastman must approve your internship experience as relevant to their major so you should check in with her before beginning the internship application process. Besides the internship experience, there are academic requirements for receiving credit.  You will register for BSCI 380 or 480 and attend a one-hour, seated class in fall and spring or an online class in the summer as part of the internship credit.


INTERNSHIP SITES/LOCATIONS

Students are responsible for finding their own internships though faculty and Career Planning and Development will provides support and guidance.  Here are some ideas to get started: Finding an Internship Site

  • Your internship position must be approved by your faculty sponsor as being a relevant learning experience your major/minor.
  • You may do internships locally, nationally, or even internationally.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid.
  • You may not use existing jobs for internship college credit as this is meant to be a new learning experience.

Employers often have questions about their responsibilities in the internship. You can share this link with them: Site Supervisor Internship Handbook

Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the site. Refer to the Department of Labor Rules and Regulations for more information regarding the compensation of interns.


CREDIT/TUITION COSTS

Internship credit cannot be granted retroactively, which means you must be registered for internship credit during the same semester in which your internship is completed.

Credit: You can register for internship credit during full semesters only: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Behavioral Sciences internships last one semester and are 3 credit hours.

For 3 hours of college credit received, you must work a minimum of 135 hours at the internship site. This amounts to about 9 hours/week over a 16 week fall or spring semester or 18 hours/week over the 8 week summer semester. You must complete all hours at one internship site during the semester registered. You may complete a total of 2 internships, 6 semester hours of credit toward graduation.

Additionally, internships-for-credit include an academic component that includes attending a one-hour seated class during the fall and spring semesters or an online class in the summer semester.

Tuition Costs: Rates for internship credit are the same as for all other academic courses.  The cost for credit hours during the summer semester can be found at the registrar’s office.


GRADES/EVALUATIONS

You will receive a letter grade on your transcript which will be determined by the faculty sponsor. Grades are based on the work done at the site and the academic assignments required by the faculty sponsor. Additionally, failure to complete the minimum number of site hours (see Credit/Tuition above) can impact your grade.

For the academic portion of the internship, your faculty sponsor will assign outside work such as readings, journal entries, projects, papers, or reports. A mid-term and final online performance evaluation will be completed by your site supervisor and forwarded to your faculty sponsor.

At the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete a final evaluation of your internship experience.  We encourage you to communicate with your faculty sponsor and/or Career Planning & Development throughout the semester with any highlights or concerns.


CONTACT

For questions about internships, contact Lisa Tessier at ltessier@drury.edu