Internships provide students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn new skills, explore a profession, apply and test theories and methods learned in the classroom and develop a working knowledge of an organization’s structure and operations. Following an internship, a student is often considered qualified for an entry-level professional position.
Students may earn academic credits during their internship experience, or they may complete an internship without earning credits. Currently, students from a variety of academic majors earn credits while interning at sites in Minnesota, throughout the United States, and internationally. Internships may be scheduled during the academic semesters or the summer.
Internships for credit involve a three-way partnership between the student, the academic institution, and the internship site. Students typically spend ten to sixteen weeks in an appropriate setting, including businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
To earn academic credits for an internship, students must fulfill the prerequisites established by each academic department and develop an individualized learning plan in consultation with a faculty moderator. Students planning to earn credits are required to attend a Legal and Professional Issues session before registering for internship credits. Information about this session can be found on the Internship website calendar (www.csbsju.edu/internship). The Internship Office and the Internship Program website can also provide information about available internship opportunities and answers to questions about registration for internship credits.