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 Frequently Asked Questions 



What is an internship?  

An internship is a supervised pre-professional learning experience, in which students apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting, while gaining valuable skills for the future and seeing if a career is right for them. To be recognized by the university, internships must be taken for credit and arranged and supervised by the internship coordinator in their academic department.

Why should I consider doing an internship?  

Internships give students the opportunity to gain professional experience prior to graduation. Applying classroom training to real issues and problems, “test driving” an occupation or employer without having to commit to employment, building confidence in your work skills and networking with professionals in your field are just a few of the positives. Internship experience strengthens your resume and often opens the door to an offer for entry-level employment after you have earned your degree.

Who can enroll in an internship?  

Academic departments establish their own guidelines regarding eligibility for internships so you need to ask your adviser OR your department internship coordinator about this. Internship pre-requisites may include a minimum GPA, a minimum number of earned credits, completion of specific coursework, volunteer hours or practicum hours. Some departments require a 12 credit internship as the final academic requirement before graduation.

How many credits can I earn through an internship?  

Typically students enroll in internships for 3 to 12 credits. Academic departments that require an internship are permitted to decide how many credit hours their major must earn through internships. For example, safety mangement majors are required to earn 12 credits of internship to graduate and psychology majors have a six credit requirement to meet their graduation requirement. The maximum number of credit hours a student may earn in any one internship experience is 12. No more than 15 credits of internship or practical experience coursework may be applied to the 120 hours required to earn a bachelor’s degree from SRU.

How many hours must I work for each intern credit? 


The university requires a minimum of 40 hours of work for each credit hour. For example, a three credit internship will require a minimum of 120 work hours. Please note that some academic departments may require a higher number of work hours per credit.

Do I have to pay tuition for internship credit? 


Yes, because the university grants credits for this experience and the credits count toward your degree requirements.

Are interns paid for their work?  

Some are and some are not. This is determined by the employer and usually depends on your field of study. For example, most interns in business and computer science are paid, while interns in social work or communication are typically not paid.

When should I begin to search for an internship?  

Begin your search early in the semester prior to when you intend to intern. For example, if you want to do a summer internship, begin searching and talking with your adviser by mid January.



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