Frequently Asked Domestic Internship Questions
General Internship Questions
Toggle ItemWhat is an internship?
An internship is an intentional professionalizing experience. While working in a professionally structured environment, an intern takes an academic internship class (typically SPAN or PORT 399R) which focuses on the development of professional competencies.
Toggle ItemWhat are the requirements for an internship?
Toggle ItemWhen should I start planning and applying for internships?
Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to start making plans to do an internship during their junior or senior year by exploring different internship opportunities and considering goals for their experience. Students that are junior or senior status are encouraged to apply for internships as most internships require junior or senior status. This is when most students have taken a sufficient amount of their major classes to fully participate in the internship.
Toggle ItemHow many credits (SPAN/PORT 399R) can I count towards major, minor, or second major requirements?
Students can only count up to 3 credits for one program - either major, minor, or second major. Students cannot count internship credit toward both major and minor requirements.
Toggle ItemWhat classes do I have to take?
This depends on the internship; each one has different required classes.
Most internships will require SPAN/PORT 399R. On-Campus internships often require a different internship class (e.g. MSB 491, HCOLL 494R, etc.). If your internship has been approved, these other internship classes will count as the elective SPAN/PORT 399R internship class for your major, minor, or double major requirement. Some internships, such as international internships, may require additional classes.
Toggle ItemWhy do I have to take a class while doing the internship?
This is what makes an academic internship different from a job. An internship helps students develop professional competencies before entering a profession. NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers) has surveyed employers and asked what competencies new college graduates lack when they enter the workforce. The required internship class is designed to help students develop these competencies during their internship.
Toggle ItemHow much of the language do I need to speak?
Some internships are language-based, while others are not. This depends on the requirements for each specific internship. We do require the internship to be related to Spanish or Portuguese, depending on your program.