INTERNSHIP REGISTRATION PROCESS
Internships are one of the best ways to explore career options and gain professional experience. They can also be a way to satisfy the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement. Students should register their internship during the term in which they complete the majority of their hours.
All students completing an internship for 0, 2, or 4 credits should complete the Internship Registration Form.
Internship & Augsburg Experience Requirements
INTERNSHIP & AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
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• 2 or 4 credit internships: your faculty supervisor will determine the assignments and due dates.
• 0 credit Augsburg Experience: you will turn in a final reflection paper at the end of the semester. Check your Moodle course for instructions and due dates.
Frequently Asked Questions
• If you complete an upper division internship for academic credit, it will automatically satisfy the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.
• If you would like to use a not-for-credit internship to fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement, please meet with a staff member in the Strommen Center prior to beginning your internship to have your plan approved and learn about the required assignments.
Internships done for academic credit or non-credit may be paid or unpaid.
• International students in F-1 status wishing to complete a paid off-campus internship opportunity, must register their internship for academic credit and apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) prior to beginning an internship experience. For additional information on regulations for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Employment page or contact an ISSS
• Unpaid internships in your field of study can be used to fulfill your Augsburg Experience graduation requirement. Paid internships for credit will also satisfy the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.
• Internships may be graded on a traditional A-F or P/N basis. In some departments, internships are graded on the P/N basis only.
• At the beginning of the internship, you and your faculty supervisor will develop learning goals for the academic expectations for the internship. Most faculty require students to complete a daily/weekly journal, an extensive final reflection paper, a portfolio, final evaluations, and other assignments related to the major. The faculty awards a grade or pass based on how the student meets the expectations outlined in the learning goals.
• A student may complete up to 16 internship credits to count towards graduation.
• A student may complete more than one internship at the same site if new learning opportunities are offered for each internship. Students can complete as many not-for-credit internships as desired.
• Most employers begin recruiting one season ahead (i.e. employers will hire at the beginning of the fall semester for a spring internship).
• Some employers (particularly large companies) with competitive internship programs start hiring interns up to 11 months in advance.
• Check out our online resources for links to find internship opportunities.
There are cases where a part-time or full-time job can be used as an internship.
- The internship should involve the opportunity to learn something new, above and beyond your past responsibilities.
- A new opportunity can be taking on an extra project or doing work for a different division.
- The work needs to be related to your major and/or career path
- Your supervisor must be supportive of this as a learning opportunity.
- The site must be approved by a faculty adviser in order to be considered an academic internship.
- Internship course numbers are based on if the internship is on-campus or off-campus, how many credits you are taking, and if it is a lower or upper-division credit.
- In most academic departments, students can register for either lower-division or upper-division credit for internships.
- Upper-division internships are closely connected to students’ majors and are done in the junior or senior year.
- Lower division internships allow for an academically connected career exploration experience during freshman or sophomore year.
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