Internships supplement classroom instruction by allowing students to gain real-world experience prior to graduation. Student interns must have completed at least two years of academic credit and be majoring in a field related to the internship project. Internships can be completed during the summer, a semester, or a combination of the two.
The Office of Career Services can help you find an internship, or you can also secure one on your own. For a list of the internships currently listed through Career Services, login to DSU Job Link. Before an internship position is accepted, students should consult with their college's academic internship coordinator to ensure that the experience indeed supplements the learning process and applies to the individual student's needs.
Internships must be approved by the academic internship coordinator and the Dean of the college prior to the student beginning the internship. Credit hours earned for the internship are based primarily upon the quality of the internship and are determined by the academic coordinator and the Dean. IMPORTANT: Students must register for the internship credit prior to beginning the internship.
Who should Consider Internships?
- All students should consider at least one internship before they graduate. Internships are available for all majors.
Internship Benefits for the Student
- Provide an opportunity to apply coursework in a professional setting
- Offer the ability to refine career options
- Get "hands-on" and "real-world" experience
- Obtain work experience that will enhance career success
- Secure a potential placement with the employer after graduation
- Acquire additional networks of professional colleagues
- Have a higher motivation after returning to the classroom
- Gain additional, high quality, professional references
Internship Benefits for the Employer
- Have the opportunity to acquire additional university students on staff
- Preview and develop potential new staff
- Have an advantage over other employers for recruiting DSU students
- Complete projects
- Access cutting-edge skill sets
Internship Benefits for the University
- Returning students produce higher quality of work
- Returning students participate more in class
- Improve retention
- Student experience aids in updating curriculum
- Internship experiences enhance the quality of the University's graduates
Students should first consult with their faculty advisor and/or the academic internship coordinator in order to ensure that the internship experience supplements the learning process and applies to the individual student's needs.
- Description of the work to be performed should be prepared by the intern in cooperation with the participating organization.
- The supervisor (employer) and the internship coordinator must approve the completed application form.
- A minimum of 120 hours of participation experience is necessary for each hour of internship credit.
- Most internships are for 3 credit hours, thus interns work for a total of 360 hours.
- Internships are graded as credit/no credit experiences.
- Contact with the intern and with the participating organization will be maintained with on-site visits by the internship coordinator or other designated person during the course of the internship.
- A member of the sponsoring organization, usually the supervisor of the intern, will complete an evaluation form for each intern. This evaluation is most important, as it is a major determinant in the final grade for the intern.
- Each week the intern should include in a journal what they did and what they learned during that week.
- Near the end or following the internship, each intern will prepare a written report describing the internship and the work done, and make an oral presentation summarizing the report.