Faculty Internship Resources

Internship experiences vary depending on the discipline and the interests of the student and the needs of the employer. The following guiding principles contribute to successful internships and rich student learning.

Getting Started

After a student secures an internship, they will meet with their faculty supervisor to receive approval to earn credit for internship. During this meeting, student and faculty discuss potential learning goals and academic requirements for the experience. Students will register their internship prior to the beginning of the term in which they complete the majority of their hours. Students must complete a minimum of 80 hours to earn 2 credits, or 160 hours for 4 credits.

Internship Best Practices

● Provide learning goals specific to your discipline.
● Assign an internship journal.
● Assign an internship portfolio.
● Offer a department based or interdisciplinary internship seminar to encourage dialogue between
students about their internship experience.
● Conduct a site visit to see the student in their internship environment.
● Hold a final meeting in-person with the student to discuss the internship.
● Ask students to update their resume.
● Encourage students to ask for references and connect with their site supervisor through LinkedIn.
● Additional tips on encouraging final reflection for students: Reflecting on your internship.

Other Internship Resources


National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) Statement on Unpaid Internships

Department of Labor guidelines for Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act – Statement on Unpaid Internships 

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