What is an internship?
An internship, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
Why should you be planning an internship experience?
- Experience related to your major – most employers expect you to have it!
- An opportunity to "connect" your classroom learning to actual on-the-job training and experience.
- Make professional contacts which could lead to permanent employment with your internship employer or other professionals in your internship employer's network.
- Develop self-confidence and professional skills.
- Earn wages (in most cases) and academic credit.
Plan early for an internship!
How does the internship process work?
The first step to fill out an Internship Application form. Download the form from either the Mayville State Jobs Network resource library or from Career Services/Internships Sharepoint site.
E-mail your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule an appointment to discuss your internship options and job-search strategies (if needed). Even if you have already secured an internship, you must still complete the application and contact Megan Vig, Career Services Coordinator.
Career Services is a resource for searching for internship opportunities. By meeting with Career Services you will learn how to use tools to conduct an effective internship search, and for the future, an effective job search. Mayville State University does not guarantee 'placement' into an internship. Students, working in conjunction with Career Services, are more often more successful in identifying prospective internship employers and securing internship positions.
When you are offered (and accept) an Internship offer
Meet again with Career Services to get registered for internship credit and to review the 3 primary internship requirements (see below).
Registration for internships courses cannot be done 'online'. A registration form, requiring specific signatures, will be provided to you by Career Services Office. Students must be registered for internship credit during the same period that the work experience is taking place. Registration after the fact is not allowed.
MSU policy is that 1 internship credit requires approximately 120 hours of work (about 10 hours per week for a 12-week semester), 2 credits is 240 hours, and so on. We do allow for some flexibility in this policy, so please discuss this with Career Services. If your internship will be a part of a job you currently are employed in, the work responsibilities must primarily be new learning, credit will not be granted for doing things on the job that you are already doing.
You will be shown how to develop and document learning objectives with a faculty internship advisor. Those objectives become your course syllabus. We provide a Learning Agreement form to document those objectives, and a guide to helping you create your objectives.
INTERNSHIP JOURNAL & FINAL SUMMARY
You will be shown how to maintain a journal throughout your internship, something that usually doesn't take more than 15 minutes each week.