Internships / Independent Studies

What is an internship?
An internship is an opportunity to gain practical experience in an environment outside the classroom. It is a chance for students to take on responsible roles within an organization and learn through both work experiences and observation.

What is the value of doing an internship?
Internships can enhance classroom learning or can be venues for career exploration. The value of engaging in an internship includes opportunities to:

- Increase knowledge and skills
- Test classroom theories in the "real world"
- Explore a potential career path
- Network and make contacts
- Contribute to an organization or company
- Increase community involvement

How do they work?

Internships can be paid or unpaid, but students should try to receive compensation for any expenses incurred.

If you need departmental credit:

  • Departmental internships can earn one unit of credit; credit must be approved by the registrar, the assistant dean for academic administration and a faculty sponsor before the internship begins. The length of an internship, which is determined by the student and the sponsor, can be for the period of one summer session or longer. Some academic departments have minimum GPA requirements associated with internships as well as independent study. Your responsibilities and what you hope to get out of an internship should be formalized with your sponsor well before you begin the experience. An internship is an excellent way to make use of time during your summer when you are between classes! Note: Students taking a departmental independent study in conjunction with an internship must be registered and have paid in full in order to receive a grade and course credit.

If you simply need to earn academic credit of any kind to complete your internship:

  • Career Connections offers .25 unit pass/fail ND 147 Career Connections course in conjunction with an approved internship. 
    Contact Geoffrey Falen in Career Connections for more information.
              Geoffrey Falen
              Director of Career Connections
              Tel: 315-229-5768
              gfalen@stlawu.edu

What's out there?
The Career Services Office has several internship possibilities for the summer. These internships are often for experience only, but occasionally compensation or credit is given. Some possible areas for internship opportunities include but are not limited to:

- The legal field, such as local law or judicial offices
- Human services, including group homes, day-care centers, social service agencies and advocacy programs
- Financial services, such as accounting or banking
- Advertising, marketing or public relations firms

Whom do I contact to get started?
The Office of Career Services is located at the Student Center 202. Its library is open for use during the summer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments with a professional advisor are available during this time by calling 315-229-5906.

Other resources for possible internships:
- Marsha Sawyer, McNair/C-STEP, 315-229-5605
- Brenda Papineau, Community Based Learning, 315-229-5255

Please be sure to submit an Independent Study/Internship Application Form to Karin Blackburn in the Dean's Office no later than Tuesday, June 3, 2014.