Where do I start?
- Discuss your internship plans with your academic advisor (see Faculty Sponsor below)
- Apply for and secure an internship (see Internship Locations/Sites below)
- After you have the internship and a faculty sponsor has been assigned by your academic advisor, complete the online Internship Learning Contract form and the Permission to Register for Special Coursework (see Forms below)
- Read email notifications for final steps on how to submit paperwork in order to register for credit (see Deadlines below)
BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, PLEASE NOTE:
- 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.
- 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 experiences and students are expected to work at the internship site for the entire semester.
Permission to Register for Special Coursework (under Student Forms on MyDrury)
Student Eligibility Requirements
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.
Complete and turn in all signed paperwork to your academic adviser in order to be registered for credit by the deadline.
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.
Your academic advisor will connect you with a faculty sponsor. Your academic advisor will NOT be your faculty sponsor.
Your faculty sponsor must approve your internship experience as relevant to your major.
In addition to approving the internship for credit, your faculty sponsor will assign some academic work to compliment the internship experience, ensure that you are meeting your learning objectives, and determine your grade.
Approved Internship Locations/Sites
Students are responsible for finding their own internships with faculty and Career Planning and Development's support and guidance. Finding an Internship Site provides some ideas to get started.
- 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.
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: You can register for internship credit during full semesters only: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Internships last one semester and generally are 3 credit hours (special permission must be granted to receive 6 credit hours for an internship).
For each 3 hours of college credit received, you must work a minimum of 135 hours at the internship site (270 hours for 6 hours of credit). For a typical 3 credit hour internship, 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.
Over the course of your time at Drury as an undergrad, you may complete a total of 6 semester hours of internship credit (usually 2 internships) toward graduation. Internship credit will not be granted retroactively, which means you must be registered for internship credit during the same semester in which your internship is completed.
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.
You will receive satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade on your transcript which will be determined by your faculty sponsor. Grades are based on the work done at the site and the academic assignments required by your 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. Additionally, a mid-term and final online performance evaluation will be completed by your site supervisor and forwarded to your faculty sponsor to be factored into your grade.
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.
For additional information about internships, contact Lisa Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org.