Guidelines for Employers: Please read the DOL Guidelines for UNPAID Internships Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
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. 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. Click here for additional information on the academic internship program.
BENEFITS OF INTERNSHIPS:
Why consider an internship? There are many reasons, from “trying out” possible careers, building a professional network, gaining real workplace skills, and finding out what you do, and don’t, like to do when you are at work.
If you want to help yourself get a job after you graduate, do an internship! Relevant work experience is preferred by almost 75% of employers of recent college graduates according to a recent survey, and 60% of employers say they prefer work experience obtained through an internship or co-op experience (NACE’s Job Outlook 2015)
- 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.
- For a list of recent sites at which Caldwell University students have interned, click here
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