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 structured, supervised, semester-long learning experience that takes place primarily off campus. While the site supervisor mentors, guides, and evaluates the student in the professional environment, the internship professor designs related academic assignments and reflections so that the student can make meaning from the experience. The student also sets intentional learning goals for the internship semester. The internship can be paid or unpaid and is part-time, which allows the student to maintain a full-time academic schedule and retain a job.
Students earn internship credit not for putting in hours at their internship site, but for the learning they demonstrate through academic assignments.

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 in order to enroll in the 498 course in a department. Please contact us to discuss students with lower GPAs.

Can first-year students or sophomores do internships?

First-year students cannot earn credit for doing an internship but are encouraged to focus on academics and the transition to college during their first year. Students with sophomore standing can earn general elective credit through PC 390. These credits are non-transferable.

Do students have to do the internship for credit?

Internships for credit are valuable for students because of integration with coursework, related academic assignments, and guided reflection. A student may instead seek out volunteer opportunities in their field of study or obtain a non-academic internship on their own. If a student would like work experience without getting credit, we suggest making an appointment in the Center for Career and Professional Development to discuss part-time or full-time job opportunities.

Can students get credit in the fall for an internship completed in the summer?

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 an internship professorprior 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 students 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 over the entire 15 weeks of the semester.

Any deadlines I should know about?

Students must accept an internship offer by the first day of class in any given semester or summer session. They must provide site information to the Academic Internship Program no later than the first day of class so that staff can review it and register the student for the internship course by the add/drop deadline.

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

A resume and cover letter are always required. There are templates and resources online to create and print a resume, or students can consult with the Center for Career and Professional Development. We are also happy to meet withstudents to review their resume. For some internships, a writing sample or letters of recommendation may be required.

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 Center for Career and Professional Development are available as resources for students, but the successful intern is ultimately responsible for their own placement.

How do students get graded?

The internship professor 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 internship professor regarding academic requirements (i.e. syllabus, Learning Contract, etc.)

What if as student has already found an internship?

That’s great! We just need a job description and the supervisor's contact information. We will determine if the internship meets Regis’ criteria and request confirmation from the supervisor.

One of my students is ready to do an internship -- now what?

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

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Starting And Maintaining A Quality Internship Program
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Total Internship Management: The Employer's Guide to Building the Ultimate Internship
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