Internships for Academic Credit
What you need to know...
WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?
An internship is a practical and professional work experience that allows students to participate in the operations of business, industry, education, government, or not-for-profit organizations. Internships provide students with opportunities to integrate their classroom learning with on-the-job experiences and to test practical applications of their liberal arts education in a variety of settings (LVC catalog).
Internships involve supervision, mentoring, and reflection. In large part this is what distinguishes them from other forms of experience such as part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities. As such, they need to be planned carefully with the student, faculty advisor, and employer sharing in the establishment of learning objectives, work assignments and tasks, reflection activities, and evaluation measures.
Read more about academic internship requirements and expectations at LVC.
The best place to start is with your faculty advisor and/or the internship coordinator within your academic department. You will want to find out about eligibility requrements (class standing, GPA, etc.) and deadlines for submitting all necessary paperwork. In most cases there will be application forms or personal statements to complete, recommendations to acquire, and verification agreements needed from your on-site supervisor. Start early!
The Office of the Registrar plays a critical role in the process as well. Be sure to obtain, complete, and return the Internship Agreement Form if you expect to receive credit for your internship experience.
Department Specific Information
History, Political Science, Prelaw
View information for the following departments in the Resource Library of Job Center (choose internships/research folder > academic department information)
Business & Economics
PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP
Your faculty advisor will have lots to share with you about how to prepare for and get the most out of your internship experience. In addition, you can take advantage the resources and advice from the Career Services Office, including workshops and programs, internship resources. You are also invited to gather best practices for internship success at one of the weekly Internship Tutorials held throughout the semester.