Frequently Asked Questions About Internships
- 1. What is an internship?
- An internship is a practical work experience that enables a
student to gain knowledge and skills within an organization, industry, or
functional area that reflects the student's academic and professional
- 2. Why should I do one?
- The advantages of doing an internship are significant. An internship provides:
- the opportunity to explore a career field and gain relevant work
- a chance to develop transferable skills valued by employers
- networking opportunities with professionals in your field of
- experience with the job search process
- 3. Can an internship be paid and credit-bearing simultaneously?
- Yes, an internship can be paid and registered for academic credit. Internships
approved for one unit of credit require a minimum of 140 hours and an academic component.
- 4. Can I do an internship for more than 1 unit?
- Two-unit internships are rare; however, students may pursue a two-unit internship if the
internship project(s) and academic component are deemed substantial enough by the faculty sponsor,
site supervisor, and Career Services.
- 5. How is an academic internship graded?
- Academic internships are graded on a credit/no credit basis, based on:
- completion of 140 hours per unit of credit
- favorable evaluations from the internship site
- completion of the academic component
Letter grades are occasionally approved for internships that are highly academic in nature. If you
wish to receive a letter grade, you first need to obtain support from your faculty sponsor. You
then petition the Dean of the College for approval of a letter grade. You must do so
no later than two weeks following the beginning date of your internship. Your
petition letter must include:
- A discussion of what is exceptionally academic about your internship
- A copy of your internship application and proposal
- A letter of support from your faculty sponsor indicating why he or she supports your request
as well as information on how your internship comprises an exceptional academic experience
- A bibliography showing required reading for the internship
- 6. What if I can't find a full-time faculty member to sponsor me?
- This is a departmental issue that must be addressed by the faculty chair of the academic department.
- 7. How do I find an internship?
- Start early! While internships are posted year-round, you will be more successful at getting
an internship if you give yourself a few months to search and apply for a variety of positions.
Start by searching the Clark
Recruiter to identify internships in your area of interest and location - there are thousands of internships posted in the Clark Recruiter every year. If you need additional assistance,
you are welcome to make a one-on-one appointment with a
counselor in our office.
- 8. Once my internship is approved, is there any other paperwork to complete?
- It is the student's responsibility to complete a mid-semester and final semester evaluation form.
The evaluation forms are part of the grading process. Students should remind their site supervisors
to submit the employer mid-semester and final evaluation forms as these are necessary to receive a