• Student Internship FAQs

    What are the benefits of doing an internship?
    How many internships are required to graduate?
    When can I do an internship?
    Will the CDC place me in an internship?
    When should I start looking for an internship?
    Does my internship have to be related to my major/minor?
    What if I don't see any internships related to my major in the CDC internship listings?
    Can I turn an existing job into an internship?
    What if I don't know what I am interested in?
    What are the differences between an internship for credit and a non-credit internship?
    How do I find a faculty supervisor?
    Does my faculty supervisor have to be my academic advisor?
    How will an internship appear on my transcript?
    How flexible are internship sites with regard to work schedule and hours?
    Do I have to finish the entire 120 hours during the semester that I'm receiving credit?
    Are all internships unpaid?
    Can I retroactively register an internship?

    What are the benefits of doing an internship?

    There are a number of excellent reasons to do an internship. A few of these reasons are listed below:

    • Try out a potential career to see if you like it.
    • Gain professional work experience and develop both transferable and job-specific skills.
    • Apply skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to a professional environment.
    • Develop networking relationships.
    • Take a sneak peek at the world of work. Learn how organizations operate and what you can expect after graduation.
    • Get a jump-start on a job offer. Some employers see internships as an excellent way to recruit employees.
    • Make yourself more competitive when applying for jobs after graduation or to graduate school. Employers prefer to hire candidates with experience. Graduate schools like applicants who have demonstrated an interest in the field through work or volunteer experiences.
    • Fulfill your Hamline Plan LEAD (“W”) requirement.

    How many internships are required to graduate?

    Internships are not required for all majors, however, you are required to earn LEAD credit ("W") to graduate. Completing an internship is just one way of earning LEAD credit. You may complete a total of three internships for credit (a maximum of 12 credits), but you may do an unlimited number of non-credit internships.

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    When can I do an internship?

    Students can do internships at any class level, during any academic term, including fall semester, January term, spring semester or summer term. All internships must be registered during the registration period for their respective terms, or by the end of the add/drop deadline. If you find an internship after the add/drop deadline, consult with the Internship Program Director to see if you can do a late add. No late adds are possible after midterm.

    Please note that internships completed during the academic year (fall, January or spring) do not require any additional fees outside of your regular tuition. Credit-bearing summer internships do require summer tuition. Non-credit bearing summer internships require a registration fee, which is significantly less than the regular summer tuition rate. Consult with Student Administrative Services (SAS) for current summer tuition and registration fee rates.

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    Will the CDC place me in an internship?

    No. Because the internship search and application process is an essential part of the learning experience, obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the student. It is an opportunity for students to learn and practice essential job search skills that they will need in the future. The CDC can help at every step by providing the preparation, guidance, information and resources you will need to be successful. Begin your search early. Visit the “Tips and Resources for Finding a Great Internship” section of the Student Internship Guide on the CDC website for ideas on how to start searching. If you need assistance, please contact the CDC to schedule an appointment with the Internship Program Director by calling 651-523-2302. 

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    When should I start looking for an internship?

    We encourage you to start looking for an internship at least three months prior to when you would like to start the position. The amount of time it will take to find an opportunity will vary depending on your area of interest. In general, the larger the organization, the earlier they will begin their recruiting process. Some large corporate organizations will even begin searching for summer internships in the fall! It is best to start early and do your research to get a sense of the various application deadlines so you don’t let any opportunities pass you by.

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    Does my internship have to be related to my major/minor?

    No. Most Individual Internships are considered interdisciplinary. In other words, they are not affiliated with any particular major. Internships offer students an opportunity to explore a possible career field or gain experience in a career field of interest while applying knowledge gained in the classroom to a professional environment. The career you choose to explore or pursue may or may not be related to your major/minor, therefore an internship does not have to be related to your major/minor. If you are completing a Practicum/Internship Seminar, however, your internship will need to be related to your major/minor because the credit you receive will have that designation.

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    What if I don't see any internships related to my major in the Hamline Career link internship listings?

    The internship listings posted on the Hamline Career Link are only one resource for finding an internship. To conduct an effective internship search, you will want to utilize as many resources and strategies as possible. These additional strategies could include posted job listings from other sources and publications, networking with people you know to find potential opportunities, and identifying and contacting potential internship sites directly. If you need assistance finding an internship, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the Internship Program Director to discuss strategies and develop a plan of action.

    Also, keep in mind that depending on your overall interests and objectives, your internship may not need to be directly related to your major. It can also be helpful to take a broad approach when looking at internship listings that are categorized by field. Some internships don’t fit neatly into existing categories so they might be listed under headings you are not initially considering.

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    Can I turn an existing job into an internship?

    It is possible to turn an existing job into an internship, however you need to put some thought and consideration into this proposal before pursuing it. For an existing job to become an internship, it must align well with your academic, professional and personal development goals. You must also submit an LLA that proves that your work in the internship will be different and more sophisticated than your work in the regular job. Talk with your faculty supervisor and the Internship Program Director prior to arranging such an internship to determine whether the experience would qualify as an internship.

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    What if I don't know what I am interested in?

    You are not alone! Many students are uncertain of their career interests. Fortunately, the CDC has a variety of resources that can help you identify your interests. Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss some strategies and resources that can help you answer these questions. You can do this by calling the CDC front desk at 651-523-2302.

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    What are the practical differences between doing an internship for credit vs. a non-credit internship?

    Essentially, the academic, reflective, and work requirements of credit-bearing and non-credit internship are the same. The primary reason that Hamline offers a non-credit internship option is to accommodate students who want to do an internship but find themselves in a credit overload situation, or students who would like to do an internship over the summer to fulfill the LEAD requirement, but do not want to pay the full cost of summer tuition.

    Because non-credit internships do not provide any academic credits, it is not possible to apply these credits toward a major or minor, and the internships cannot be graded on an A-F grading basis.

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    How do I find a faculty supervisor?

    To identify a faculty supervisor for an Individual Internship, consider faculty members in your major and/or faculty members who have an interest in the subject area or career field of your internship. When you have identified a potential faculty supervisor, ask that individual if he or she would be willing to serve as your faculty supervisor. The faculty person will likely ask you some questions about the type of internship in which you are interested and your overall goals for the internship. Be prepared to answer the following questions: 

    • How will this internships support my academic learning goals?
    • How will this internship support my life or career goals?
    • What skills do I hope to gain or strengthen during this internships?

    If you are taking a Practicum/Internship Seminar along with your internship, your instructor is your faculty supervisor. 

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    Does my faculty supervisor have to be my academic advisor?

    No. Any full-time, undergraduate faculty member can serve as your faculty supervisor. You must ask a faculty member to be your supervisor and he or she must agree. See the "How do I find a faculty supervisor?" question for more information on this process.

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    How will an internship appear on my transcript?

    Credit-bearing Individual Internships will appear on your transcript under their course number with the position title of the internship (which you enter on the LLA under “Title of Experience”), the grade assigned and the number of credits earned. Non-credit Individual Internships are listed under their course number. The entry will just read “Internship.” Practicum/Internship Seminars will appear with the course title of the seminar, the grade assigned and the number of credits earned.

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    How flexible are internship sites with regard to work schedule and hours?

    To receive credit you must work 120 hours at the internship site. We recommend that you work 8 to 10 hours per week, though you do not have to work the same number of hours every week. You negotiate your schedule with your site supervisor. Most internship sites are somewhat flexible with students when negotiating a work schedule because they understand you may have class, work and activity commitments. Internships that occur over January term and summer usually involve working more hours per week in order to meet the required hours.

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    Do I have to complete the entire 120 hours during the semester that I’m receiving credit?

    No. You must complete at least 80 hours of your internship during the semester that you receive credit. The remaining 40 hours may be completed before or after the semester in which credit is given to allow some flexibility. However, it is important that the process of planning the internship, developing the objectives, and completing the LLA occur before or shortly after the internship begins.

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    Are all internships unpaid?

    No. The employer determines whether an internship is paid or unpaid. Internships in the nonprofit, social service, and government sectors are often unpaid. Internships in the for-profit sector are often paid. You will want to clarify this particular question with the employer. Both paid and unpaid internships are eligible for credit through Hamline.

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    Can I retroactively register an internship?

    No. An internship is a student-planned and directed learning experience that provides an opportunity to integrate academic, professional and personal skill development. The internship program provides students with supervised, meaningful work in a professional setting. Given these features of an internship, it is critical that students plan internships in advance with careful consideration of their objectives and desired outcomes. Thus, internships cannot be registered after the fact because they would not meet the required objectives of setting and achieving goals, receiving continuing feedback, and reflecting on your learning while in the midst of the experience.

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