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Academic Internship Program

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Evaluation Forms: Employer Midterm, Employer Final, Faculty Evaluation Form

Guidelines for Employers: Please read the DOL Guidelines for UNPAID Internships Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Announcing the Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development! Click here for more information. Please contact us in Career Planning if you are interested in participating.


Caldwell University recognizes the valuable role that work experience can play in helping students understand and integrate theoretical and practical knowledge. Students interested in pursuing an internship for academic credit work with an internship faculty advisor and the Career Planning and Development Office. Students must receive approval for the proposed internship, develop learning objectives and goals in consultation with the internship faculty advisor, work under the supervision of the employer and complete related academic assignments.

All academic internships require departmental approval. To be eligible, students must have completed 60 credits and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. In certain cases, students who have completed 45 credits and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA may pursue for-credit internships. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at Caldwell University to be eligible. Internships can be paid or non-paid. To earn credit for an internship, students must follow established policies and procedures, begin the process well before the semester for which they plan to register, and then register for the appropriate credit-bearing course by the appropriate semester deadlines.

Students are eligible to earn up to 3 credits per semester for an internship experience and a maximum of 9 credits, subject to departmental approval. For a 2 credit internship, students must work a minimum of 80 hours over the course of the semester. For a 3 credit internship, students must work a minimum of 120 hours over the course of the semester. For most academic departments, internships may fulfill elective credit. Students pursuing more than one semester with the same employer (to a maximum of two semesters for credit) must demonstrate increased level of responsibilities in their internship experience and develop substantive learning objectives, to be approved by the departmental chair. Students majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice are required to complete one 3-credit, 120 hour internship as part of their curriculum.

Courses in the Internship Program include:

Field Internship I: 2-3 credits

A pre-professional, introductory experience in a career field. Internship responsibilities are entry-level in nature. The intern and internship faculty advisor develop related learning objectives. Course number: 487, preceded by departmental code.

Field Internship II: 2-3 credits

A second, pre-professional experience in a career field. Learning objectives and academic assignments should incorporate knowledge gained in Field Internship I and demonstrate new, substantive learning goals. Course number: 489, preceded by departmental code.

Field Internship III: 2-3 credits

Professional experience in the field directly related to the student’s academic major and career objectives. Learning objectives and academic assignments must incorporate knowledge gained in Field Internships I & II and demonstrate new, substantive learning goals. Course number: 490, preceded by departmental code.


  • Apply classroom knowledge to the work world.
  • Gain experience related to your major and interests.
  • Explore possible careers and learn about career paths.
  • Add real-life skills and experience to your resumes.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and create a more rewarding college experience.
  • Develop job search skills such as interviewing techniques.
  • Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors and references for after graduation.
  • Students may pursue internships for experience, academic credit, or both. Career Planning is here to help you find opportunities related to your interests and goals.

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