Internships provide new professionals an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience under the leadership of an experienced practitioner. Through working in student affairs units, students learn how to apply the theory and concepts they are learning in the classroom to real life situations. They also gain a better sense of their particular areas of interest within student affairs and have a chance to develop the skills they will need to be successful in the field. Therefore, all students are required to participate in at least one internship experience while enrolled in the program. However, we recognize that some students in the program will be experienced professionals enrolled in order to gain advanced academic credentials and/or training for upward mobility. Therefore, students who have professional experience in the field of Student Affairs (i.e., 3+ years of service) may be exempt from having to complete the internship experience at the discretion of their faculty adviser. Students will be required to take an additional course in the major areas of study as a replacement. Because the internship experience is designed to expand the student's current knowledge of theory and practice, students will not be permitted to do an internship in an office where they have previous work experience, where they currently work, or currently serve as a graduate assistant. Any questions regarding internships should be presented to the department chair.
Students will be permitted to register for the internship experience only after they have fully matriculated into the program, completed the 15 credit-hour student affairs core curriculum, obtained a grade-point average of B or better, and submitted a completed Internship Proposal with signatures indicating approval by the site supervisor where they intend to work and their faculty adviser. While the time equivalents (156 clock hours) are the basis for these options, the intent here is to afford students who may be working and attending school simultaneously flexibility in their scheduling options. The final product for the internship experience will be a written report outlining aspects of the student's learning experience based on the objectives identified in the Internship Proposal.
Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Department Chair of their intended academic program.
Internship format options (minimum of 3 credits=156 clock hours)
Full-time internship (one semester)
- Fall or spring = 156 clock hours
- ex: 13-weeks at 12-hours/week
Half-time internship (one academic year)
- Fall + spring = 156 clock hours
- ex: 26-weeks at 6-hours/week
Flexible half-time internship (one semester + summer)
- Fall or spring + summer = 156 clock hours
- ex: 13-weeks at 6-hours/week + 78-hours/summer semester
- Summer = 156 clock hours