FAQs for Parents
1. When can my student do an internship?
Students may do an internship for academic credit once they have 60 credits and a cumulative GPA, as well as GPA in their major, of at least 2.5. Some academic departments may have additional requirements.
2. Where are internships found?
Internships can be done at any business or organization that has a defined need for an intern and can provide a learning experience for the student. The academic department will need to determine if the site and position qualify as an internship experience.
3. Should an internship be done in a particular semester?
Internships can be arranged during the fall or spring semesters, or summer sessions. Occasionally an internship is done during the winter break.
4. How long are internships?
Generally internships last a semester, but that varies depending on the academic department. Some internships are full-time experiences, others can be part-time while a student attends classes at the university.
5. Are internships paid?
Some internships are paid and others are non-paid experiences. Many very good internships are unpaid. Unpaid internships can provide great contacts in the field, lead to a future job, or provide wonderful professional experiences that are great resume-builders. Unpaid internships are generally part-time allowing the student the opportunity to work part-time if necessary.