Internship Program Guide
APPLYING FOR THE INTERNSHIP & COURSE CREDIT
C&J students seeking course credit for internships should follow these guidelines.
- Check Your Eligibility: You must have accrued a minimum of 9 credits in C&J courses, with at least one 300 level course. You must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA. You may confirm your eligibility with Nicole Lovato in the CJ Office.
- Apply for the Internship: Search our internship postings (bulletin board, Facebook, and email listserv). Review the notices carefully and apply to the employer directly, according to their application procedures. This typically requires a cover letter and resume, which may be followed by an invitation to be interviewed for the position.
- Submit a Signed Agreement: When you are selected by the employer, you and the employer need to complete an Internship Agreement.
Then you or the employer must submit the completed agreement to Nicole Lovato in the CJ Office.
4. Register for CJ492. Nicole, upon reviewing your eligibility and confirming you have a completed agreement, will authorize the faculty sponsor to open the course (called a “course override”), allowing you to enroll in CJ-492. When you register, please remember to indicate if you are enrolling for 3, 2 or 1 credits.
DURING THE INTERNSHIP
- Keep a log of days and times worked. For each work shift, make a note of your activities and record your total hours.
- Keep a file of work samples.
- Abide by the terms of the internship agreement.
- Communicate closely and frequently with your work site supervisor to make sure the internship is proceeding according to your mutual satisfaction.
- Advise your faculty sponsor if there any problems.
COMPLETING THE INTERNSHIP
- Submit to your faculty sponsor a final reflection paper. The paper should be about 500-600 words, basic essay style. Be sure to summarize the work performed, the learning you experienced, your thoughts about the company and the career it represents and any suggestions for the school or the employer that might benefit future interns.
- Include some selected work samples as evidence of your activities.
- Include the log of days and times worked, detailing the activities and providing a record of your total hours served.
- Complete the online evaluation for students.
5. Ask and please ensure your workplace supervisor completes the online evaluation for supervisors.
(The evaluation results will be filed automatically with the faculty sponsor. The evaluations typically are kept confidential by the faculty sponsor, however both employer and student may agree to request and share the evaluations.)
The faculty supervisor does not grade the internship course but provides either a “Credit” or “No Credit” decision.
Students should contact Nicole Lovato, program advisement coordinator, Nicole Lovato, 505-277-5305