What is an internship?
An internship is a supervised on- or off-campus working and learning experience, which earns academic credit. Internships give students opportunities to apply and extend the theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom to practical experiences, while allowing them opportunities to view and evaluate careers to which their major may lead.
Ideal internships establish positive contacts with prospective employers and are keys to building professional networks for students. Internships have been found to encourage personal growth and increased confidence in students. They can add meaning to academic study, aid in the development of “going to work skills,” and create laboratory for skill development and knowledge relevant to employers and graduate programs.
Defining Characteristics of Internships Taken for Academic Credit
Academic Advisor – Internships for academic credit require an academic advisor. The advisor guides the student in determining the appropriate number of credits based upon their program requirements.
Employer (supervisor) – The internship employer must assign a supervisor to direct and supervise the student’s work. The supervisor provides training, daily supervision, and a written performance evaluation at the mid-point and at the end of the internship term.
Student Eligibility – To apply for academic credit for an internship, students must have completed 45 credit hours and must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Students with less than 45 semester hours may complete an internship if permission is granted by the Dean.
Internship Standards – One credit hour is equal to 40 hours of work. Example: three (3) credits x 40 hours = 120 hours of work recorded on bi-weekly time sheets.
Earning Credit - A student may register from one (1) credit up to 12 internship credits per term. However, you cannot register for more than 18 total hours of credit during the internship semester. Only the Dean of the School may approve of more than 18 hours.
Application Procedures - Students must prepare four forms: Training Agreement, Learning Objectives, Permit to Register and Drop/Add form to initiate the internship process.
Internship Course - Once the student has completed the forms needed for registration and the student has been registered by the Internship Supervisor, the student will be given access to the Internship Course in Blackboard.
The Internship Supervisor will communicate with the student (deficiencies, requests for revisions, approval, etc.). If you have any questions, contact Julie Taylor-Costello at 402-872-2207, Library 103, JTaylor-Costello@peru.edu.
Benefits of internships for students:
- Job experience; meaningful work assignments related to field of study and major
- Exposure to real-world scenarios in the workplace
- Experience complements theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom
- Receive academic credit
- Professional, social and volunteer activities for networking
- Commitment and assignment management
- Helps students build resume
- Career development and performance management
- Mentoring and coaching; training and development
Benefits of internships for employers:
- Pipeline of quality candidates to fill entry-level needs
- Source of fresh and diverse talent for new insight and ideas
- Opportunity to select, train and influence the best and brightest
- Gain early exposure to future corporate leaders
- Intern recruiting aligned with college recruiting efforts
- Interns act as advocates in recruiting other students (brand ambassadors)
- Project help; reduce workload (part-time/short-term hiring)
- Improve efficiency, morale and motivation
- Promotes community involvement; great public relations
- Maintain important connections with colleges
- Training and development opportunity for managers and mentors
- Opportunity to evaluate and screen students prior to making a full-time offer
- Rapid assimilation into full-time positions (shorter learning curve)
- Higher retention rate for former interns