1. Attend a MANDATORY, one-hour Legal and Professional Issues Session the semester before you plan to intern.
2. Find a Faculty Moderator in the department where you plan to earn internship credits.
3. Academic interns must determine the number of internship credits you intend to earn.
a. To calculate the minimum hours you’ll need to spend on-site, please use the chart.
||Min. Req. Hrs.||Min. Duration (Weeks)||Min. Academic Req. (Means of Evaluation)|
|1||40||4||Weekly journal or final, reflective paper.|
|4||160||4||Weekly journals, academic paper (6-10 pages, citing peer-reviewed sources) and final reflective paper (or discipline appropriate assignment)|
|8||320||8||Weekly journals, academic paper (6-10 pages, citing peer-reviewed sources), final reflective paper (or discipline appropriate assignment, and a second, larger project (e.g., another academic paper, presentation or portfolio)|
*Please Note: Academic internships over eight credits are rare and the workload for such an internship would require correspondingly more hours of on-site and academic work. The terms of an 8+ credit internship will have to be negotiated with the sponsoring academic department and the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE).
4. When registering for classes during typical registration periods, those planning to register for internship credits must be sure to register for the "Internship placeholder" based on the semester information below:
a. Fall: DNA 397 O1A, CRN #11192
b. Spring: DNA 397 01A, CRN #12799
c. Also enter the accurate amount of credits you hope to earn.
5. Meet with your faculty moderator to discuss the Learning Contract (including learning goals and means of evaluation for the internship experience). An entire copy of the Learning Contract can be accessed via this link. PLEASE NOTE: this document should be used for conversation purposes only and cannot be submitted as a hard copy nor in lieu of the online form (see step #6).
6. Start drafting a Learning Contract using the online Learning Contract system.
7. After your Learning Contract has been reviewed and approved by your faculty moderator, site supervisor, Department Chair (if applicable), Internship Program, and Laura Hammond, Assistant Director of ELCE, the final contract will be sent to the Registrar's Office for official registration.
a.Please note that the faculty moderator, site supervisor, Department Chair (if applicable), and yourself will receive a copy of this email message.
b.Once you receive this message, you are able to count hours towards your internship credit requirement guidelines (see #5.a. above). For this reason, it is especially important you submit the learning contract ASAP and in advance of the intended start date at the internship site!
Important Notice: You MUST be officially registered before you can begin your internship for-credit. Internship credits cannot be earned retroactively, thus students are not allowed to register for credit after completing an internship experience. You are not able to count hours towards your internship until the completed contract has been received by the ELCE Office.