Providing Internship Support

View resources and student questions to help you properly advise students on academic internship opportunities.

Students often approach their advisers and other faculty members to learn more about the Academic Internship Program. Below are the most frequently asked questions which students ask faculty. Use the answers below to point students in the right direction.

What is an Academic Internship?

An academic internship is a work experience related to a student’s major or career goal for which the student earns academic credit, or there is some other connection to the curriculum of a degree-granting, educational institution. It is supervised by a staff or faculty member of the educational institution and by an experienced employee at the business or organization. The work experience may be full- or part-time, paid or unpaid, and primarily in an off-campus environment. A learning agenda must also be integrated into the experience to distinguish it from a volunteer position or job.

What are the requirements for doing an academic internship?

Students must be a junior or senior and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Can sophomore and first-year students do internships?

Yes, they can. However, the internship is called a Field Experience and the student will receive elective credit for the internship. These credits are non-transferable.

Do I need to do the internship for credit?

Academic internships at Regis are for credit. If a student would like valuable work experience without getting credit, we suggest making an appointment in the Center for Career and Professional Development to discuss part- or full-time job opportunities. A student may also seek out volunteer opportunities in their field of study or obtain a non-academic internship on his or her own.

What if I find a great job in my field this summer -- can I get credit for it this fall?

No. The Academic Internship Program does not award credit retroactively. We are an academically structured program like a traditional class. The student sets up clear learning objectives with a faculty sponsor prior to the internship. The student is then closely monitored and evaluated by the site supervisor according to the student’s learning goals.

How long do I need to do the internship?

At least 120 hours in the form of 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester. The minimum requirement is 120 hours.

Any deadlines I should know about?

Yes! You must be placed and registered by the last day of add/drop in any given semester or summer session. We must receive the confirmation form from the site supervisor before you will be able to register.

What kind of materials do I need to do an internship search?

A resume and often a cover letter are required. Students may use our Online Resume Builder to create and print a resume and we are happy to meet with them to review their resume.

Who’s responsible for obtaining the internship?

The student. We consider the internship search part of the learning process and the first step in the student’s career search. The Academic Internship program and Career Services are here as resources for students, but the successful intern is ultimately responsible for their own placement.

How do I get graded?/Who will grade me?

The faculty sponsor provides the grade based on academic work and feedback from the site supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to identify the professor in the department who sponsors interns. The student should get a clear understanding from the faculty sponsor regarding academic requirements (i.e. syllabus, Learning Contract, etc.)

What if I already found my internship?

Great! That’s what we love to hear! We just need a job description of what you will be doing and your supervisor's contact information. We will determine if the internship meets Regis’ criteria and request confirmation from your supervisor.

I’m ready to do an internship, now what?

Contact Mindy 303.964.5234 or Margaret 303.946.5207 or stop by the Academic Internship Program, Loyola Hall 12.

TRUE RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Foundational

A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping the Life of the Mind for Practice
William Sullivan and Matthew Rosin
Jossey-Bass

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education - Professional Standards– 6th Edition
Laura Dean, Editor
Available at: www.cas.edu

Experiential Learning: Experience As The Source of Learning and Development
David Kolb
Prentice-Hall

Learning Outcomes: The Educational Value of Cooperative Education
by Cheryl Cates and Patricia Jones
Available from Patricia Jones – University of Michigan, Dearborn - pdjones@umd.umich.edu

Work-Based Learning: Bridging Knowledge and Action in the Workplace
By Joseph Raelin
Jossey-Bass

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10 Things Employers Want You To Learn in College
Bill Coplin
www.tenspeed.com

Find Your First Professional Job: A Guide for Co-ops, Interns, and Full-Time Job Seekers
Scott Weighart
Mosaic Eye Publishing
16 Crowinshield Rd.
Brookline, MA 02446

Fostering Professional Development Through Experiential Learning
Alverno College
Sue Leister - susan.leister@alverno.edu

Handbook for Research in Cooperative Education and Internships
Patricia Linn
Adam Howard
Eric Miller
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers
Mahweh, NJ, 2004

Human Service Agencies: An Orientation to Fieldwork
Lupe Alle-Corliss and Randy Alle-Corliss
Brooks/Cole

International Handbook for Cooperative Education
Richard Coll and Chris Eames, Editors
Boston: World Association for Cooperative Education, 2004

InternQube: Professional Skills for the Workplace
Michael True
Book and website to help students grow professionally during their internship or co-op experience. Check out both at: www.INTRUEITION.com

Internship As Partnership Series - both for the Campus Advisors and for Business/Non-Profit Organizations
Robert Inkster and Roseanna Ross
Available from www.nsee.org

Learning from Experience: A Resource Book By and For Co-op/Internship Professionals
Scott Weighert
Mosaic Eye Publishing

The Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability
Frederick Evers, James Rush, and Iris Berdrow
Jossey-Bass

The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook
Brian Baird
Prentice-Hall

The Successful Internship (Third Edition)
H. Frederick Sweitzer and Mary King, 2008
Thomson - Brooks/Cole

Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform
Thomas R. Bailey
Katherine Hughes
David Moore
New York: Routledge Falmer, 2004

For Employers

Starting And Maintaining A Quality Internship Program
Michael True - www.messiah.edu/internship (employer section)

Total Internship Management: The Employer's Guide to Building the Ultimate Internship
Program
Rich Bottner – www.InternBridge.com

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