What is an Academic Internship?
An academic internship is a credit based work experience whereby students receive training and gain valuable experience in a specific career area under the supervision of a specialist in that particular field.
College of Professional Studies – Highlights of the Academic Internship Program
- Internships are available to selected students enrolled in most of the Bachelor of Science degree programs of the College of Professional Studies.
- Program Directors approve the internship based on the student's completion of essential pre-requisite courses in their major and achievement of a qualifying cumulative GPA.
- The internship experience for selected students is supervised and considered a valuable part of their undergraduate preparation by providing hands-on career skills for their major.
- Students may not carry internship coursework as part of an excess credit load.
In lieu of receiving academic credits, student interns may not receive a salary or be considered an employee by their site supervisor. Additional requirements specific to individual majors to secure an academic internship can be found in the internship sections of the program descriptions. Students are strongly urged to apply, in writing, for internship consideration to the appropriate program director or chair during the registration period for the semester in which they would like to intern. Further information is available at the office of the respective Chair or Program Director. Student internships may begin in the fall, spring, or in some programs, summer. Registration for internships is completed at these times.
Credit bearing work experience
Students may secure the internship on their own or can view current internship postings by visiting St. John's Careerlink. To do so, log into your MySJU account, select the Career/Internships tab, and then click on the Careerlink banner. Please note that Academic Internships and sites must be pre-approved by CPS Program Director prior to the commencing experience.