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A zero (0) credit Internship is an option for students to fulfill the off-campus, experiential learning graduation requirement. Please read Zero-Credit Internship – Frequently Asked Questions for more information. If you have questions about arranging a zero-credit internship, please contact or visit the Internships Office at Sycamore Cottage, 1st Floor.
What is an Academic Internship? An internship is an approved, off-campus work experience that complements your academic work. Students must show a clear relationship between the actual work of the project and past academic studies in the college. A good internship will require special qualifications, both academic and personal, challenge you with new responsibilities and duties, involve you in decision making, and require minimum clerical duties. The work must also be structured to enable a professional member of the organization to supervise and evaluate the student’s performance and verify hours worked.
Why do an internship? An internship is especially valuable to liberal arts students who can see how skills learned in the classroom translate into job related skills. You test your understanding of a particular career field without a long term commitment and possibly pique your interest in career areas that may not correspond to your area of study. You learn first hand about the “world of work” and develop maturity, professionalism, and self-confidence. From a practical point of view, internships establish a record of work-related experience essential for graduate school as well as references for your job search. Importantly, internships frequently lead to full time jobs for Drew students, either at the location of the internship or with another company in a related field.
Where do I find an internship? The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination. The Academic Internship Program has thousands of projects already developed. Search Drew’s online internship database, called DrewLink. Other online databases to search for internship opportunities are listed at Resources for Students. We also encourage you to create your own project through contact with faculty, alumni, family, and friends.
When can I do an internship? Projects for credit may be done during Fall, January, Spring, or Summer semesters. It is important to plan ahead for your internship, preferably early in the preceding semester. The registration deadlines for the 2014-2015 academic year are:
Fall Term 2014: September 8, 2014
Jan Term 2015: December 11, 2014
Spring Term 2015: February 2, 2015
Summer Term 2015: June 2015 (Specific date to be determined.)
Must the internship be located in the Madison area? No. You may develop a project in any state or country as long as you can fax, email or otherwise transmit your required documents to the office. However, all projects need to be approved by the Internships Office before you begin. No retroactive credit is allowed.
How do I get started?
Where is the Internships Office located? The Internships Office is located in the Career Center, Sycamore Cottage, 1st Floor. To contact the Academic Internship Coordinator, please call 973-408-3566 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What am I required to do to receive credit?
How many credits do I receive? Internship projects may be either four credits or two credits depending on the number of hours of work. Four credit projects require 140 hours of satisfactory performance; two credit projects require 70 hours. A student must decide the number of credits at the beginning of the project so they can be registered for the appropriate number of credits.
Do I receive a grade? A grade of Pass/Unsatisfactory is granted after successful completion of the project. All internship components must be met to receive a passing grade.
Does the internship have to be related to my major? No! Students must show a clear relationship between the work on the project and at least 2 courses in an academic study at Drew. At least 1 course must be completed prior to the project; the other course may be taken concurrently with the project.
Can internship credits count for my major or minor? Some majors/minors and academic programs may require a 4-credit or 2-credit internship, including: Business Studies, Civic Engagement, Environmental Studies, Pan-African Studies, and Women’s Studies. Internship credits may also be applied to the Arts Administration, Environmental Studies, Spanish and Writing minors. Approval for these or any other majors/minors must be discussed with the chairperson or director of that department. This approval must be documented either by signature on the Learning Contract or with a written/emailed note to the Internships Coordinator.
When do I receive credit for January and Summer internships? Summer and January internships are registered and recorded as a Summer or January course, but the credits will appear on your transcript during the following semester (provided all requirements have been met).
Do I pay extra tuition for January and Summer internships? A flat tuition fee will be charged for both Summer and January internship credits. Per credit charges may be added to your bill, if you are not enrolled full-time or if you are registered for more than 21 credits (or less than 12 credits) during the Fall or Spring. Fees change, so please check with the Business Office before getting your internship registered. You may be eligible for a stipend to cover the tuition fee and other expenses. Please check with the Academic Internship Office for details about eligibility and availability.
Can I be paid and still receive credit? Yes! Both paid and volunteer internship positions are acceptable for credit.