Each department determines eligibility criteria for earning internship credit. Generally, criteria may include:
Departments that require an internship, practicum or clinical experience for professional certification (such as education and health professions) generally coordinate these experiences directly through the department. Many departments, however, work with the Career Center to develop and post internship opportunities and assist students with the internship process.
The Career Center’s Role: The Career Center serves as a central point and clearinghouse for internship postings, policies and procedures. Staff help students identify internship resources and prepare for the search and interview process. Employers list internship opportunities for many majors through our Web-based, searchable database, Handshake. The Career Center also maintains internship enrollment data for the university.
Your Department Connection: Whether you use the Career Center or other resources, you will need to confirm your eligibility to earn credit and enroll in an internship course through your academic (major/minor) department. At least one faculty member in the department will be designated as the person to consult about internships. The Faculty Contact List (PDF) identifies the faculty internship coordinators for each academic department.
If you find an internship on your own and want to know if you can earn credit for the experience ask your employer to submit the internship description via Handshake. You then can print a copy of the position description and submit it to the academic department internship coordinator for review/approval.
A national experiential education survey found that “the importance of internship and co-op programs in the college recruiting process continues to grow.” Participating employers reported that they converted more than 50% of their interns to full-time employees. Both employers and graduate schools prefer applicants who show one or more career-related experiences on their resumes.
Although most academic departments require at least junior standing before students may earn internship credit, students may participate in internships earlier on a non-credit basis. We recommend that students consider participating in internships early and often. Early participation in internships or other career exploration experiences such as job shadowing helps students:
The Career Center serves as a central point and clearinghouse for credit and non-credit internship postings. Staff help students identify internship resources and prepare for the search and interview process. Employers list internship opportunities for many majors through our Web-based, searchable database, Handshake. The Career Center also maintains internship enrollment data for the university.
Some academic departments coordinate their internships and/or other field experience directly. While students follow the policies and procedures of their departments to apply for and obtain these internships, we encourage students to meet with a career professional in the Career Center for assistance with resume, search and interview preparation. The Career Center works closely with many academic departments to help ensure student success.
An international internship provides a wonderful way to gain real world experience in a global setting. Whether your internship is full-time or combined with regular classes, the TU Study Abroad Office can help find a program that is right for you. You can search for opportunities by using the key word “internships.” For more information about international internship opportunities, visit the TU Study Abroad Office Web site or get started today by attending an information session. Log in to Handshake to access Going Global; it provides additional resources to explore international internships on your own.