Internships

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Architecture and Music Therapy majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students will need to speak with his/her Advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

What is an internship?
How do I enroll?
What are the benefits of an internship?
How do I get an internship?
Who is eligible to earn credit for internships?
Will I be paid?
How much credit can I earn?
How many hours a week will an internship take?
Do I pay tuition for an internship?
What are the requirements other than the actual work?
What are some typical internship sites?

What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience related to your major or area of career interest. It is supervised by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. You can earn three or six hours of college credit.

What are the benefits of an internship?
An internship offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of your major interest. It helps you learn the vocabulary, exposes you to experienced professionals in your field, and gives you a chance to apply the theories learned in coursework to a "real world" setting. It also enhances your credentials and adds interest to your resume.

How do I get an internship?
A student may contact Career Planning & Development, his/her advisor, or a department chair to discuss interests and goals and to discuss possible locations.

Who is eligible to earn credit for internships?
Junior or seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Will I be paid?
Some internships are paid, some are not - it depends on the employers. Employers should be aware of Department of Labor rules and regulations as pertaining to Internships (particularly Fact Sheet 71).

How much credit can I earn?
Three or six credit hours can count toward your Drury degree. A maximum of six hours can count toward graduation requirements.

How many hours a week will an internship take?
This is dependent upon how many hours of credit you take--in addition to your major.
Typically for a three credit hour internship a minimum of 9 hours per week should be worked to complete the 135 hour requirement (for a 6 hour internship 270 hours must be completed in the semester).

Do I pay tuition for an internship?
Yes. An internship is a class and has a course number. You have a faculty sponsor who sets requirements, supervises your work and assigns a grade at the end of the semester.

What are the requirements other than the actual work?
You will need to meet with your faculty sponsor to determine the requirements. Requirements will vary and may include keeping a journal of internship activities, writing a paper of internship experience, or submitting samples of work.

How do I enroll?
Day school students in the Breech School of Business registering for the Professional Business Experience class (MGMT 480 or ACCT 480) need to complete the Learning Contract / Internship Agreement , as well as register for the course.

Day school students in the Behavioral Sciences registering for internship credit in Psychology, Criminology or Sociology (PSYC 380/480) need to complete the Learning Contract / Internship Agreement , as well as register for the course.

All other students need to complete:
Learning Contract / Internship Agreement and the Permission to Register for Special Coursework form, which can be obtained from the MyDrury "Student" tab, then see Handouts section on right column. Complete the forms, obtain the necessary signatures and return all three forms to Career Planning & Development prior to the deadline to add a class/register for credit.

What are some typical internship sites?
There are numerous and varied sites. Career Planning & Development offers a list of potential internship sites through our Job and Resume Posting database. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss internship opportunities and previous internship sites.

Want to know more about a Faculty Sponsor or Site Supervisor?
Check out the Faculty Sponsor Internship Handbook or the Site Supervisor Internship Handbook.