Frequently Asked Questions
A zero-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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Summer 2017 and the 2017-2018 academic year are:
Summer Term 2017: June 5, 2017
Fall Term 2017: September 4, 2017
Jan Term 2018: December 11, 2017
Spring Term 2018: January 22, 2018
Summer Term 2018: June 4, 2018
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.
The Internships Office is located in the Center for Internships and Career Development, Sycamore Cottage, 1st Floor. To contact the Assistant Director for Internships, please call 973-408-3566 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship projects may be either four credits or two credits depending on the number of hours of work. Four credit projects require 155 hours of satisfactory performance on site, plus the other required work; two credit projects require 70 hours on site, plus the other required work. 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.
A grade of Pass is granted after successful completion of the project. All internship components must be met to receive a passing grade.
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.
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 Assistant Director for 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).
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 Internships Office for details about eligibility and availability.
Yes! Both paid and volunteer internship positions are acceptable for credit.