Internships combine classroom theory with a structured, supervised work experience, providing the opportunity to link the academic experience with future career aspirations or community service objectives. Career Coaches in CORE assist students in all aspects of internships from helping with site placement to providing a supervised work experience. Students undertake internships with intentional learning goals and a plan for reflection on the experience. An internship enhances personal, professional and educational development, bridging the gap between the classroom and the "real world".
Depending on the area of study, students may receive credit towards major/minor requirements, senior inquiry, service learning, experiential learning, elective credit or volunteer opportunities.
Qualifications for Internships
Students are eligible to apply for an internship following successful completion of one term at Augustana College. However, most students will not be approved for an internship until they have completed at least one year of college coursework at Augustana. Students are required to have internship counseling preparation within their major department or in CORE prior to starting any internship.
Internships range from 0-9 credit hours. Credits are based on the number of hours spent with the internship. Hours must be completed during the term in which credit is received. Typically, one credit hour requires 35-40 hours spent on the internship site. The person supervising the internship at Augustana will determine the appropriate number of credit hours for the internship. Internships may be taken for zero credits. Completion of a zero-credit internship requires a student to work a minimum of 40 hours. Internship credits are exempt from the college-wide credit limit within a single subject/departmental code.
Students engaged in an internship that requires more than one term to complete (including during summer term) may be given the temporary grade of IP. (See "In-Progress Grades.")
*Zero credits internships are not available to international students. International students seeking internships are required by federal guidelines to take internships for credit. For more information about the SEVIS regulations, see the CORE offices.
The majority of internships are graded pass/no-credit.* The internship supervisor (faculty member or career coach) will assign a final grade of P or NC for internships. Pass/No Credit internships do not impact the student grade point average, but unsuccessful completion may impact financial aid and satisfactory progress toward the major and/or the degree.
*Some special Augustana study away experiences and programs may have a graded component. Some departments have chosen to have graded internships. In these cases, a letter grade (A – F) may be assigned for all or part of the experience and will impact the student grade point average. If you have a question as to whether your program or internship is one of the graded experiences, see your major requirements in the academic catalog or speak to a career coach.
Regardless of the kind of internship taken, whether the student is part-time or full-time, degree-seeking or not, and regardless of the total number of credits taken at the college, Augustana awards a maximum of nine (9) credits [this will change to twelve (12) credits on semesters] of internship to a student record. If a student wishes to participate in additional internship opportunities beyond the nine [twelve] credits, those credits will not count toward the 123 credits [124 on semesters] to graduate or a student may take the internship for zero credit.
Internships and Credits toward the Major and Degree
The academic department determines the maximum number of internship credits a student may count toward the major and if a career coach in CORE or a faculty member may supervise the internship. Students should see their academic advisor to determine how many credits are advised and if requirements toward the degree may be fulfilled with internship credits. Registered internships will appear on the official transcript. Internship credits are exempt from the departmental credit maximum hours that may be applied to the major.
Summer Internships take place after spring term graduation, meet all hourly requirements of the internship and conclude sometime prior to the start of fall term. Registration, tuition, fees and policies related to these internships will be applied to the summer record. Students must register for all internships by the procedures outlined below.
NOTE: Students who wish to be summer graduates may not participate in this internship experience if the internship experience is required. Some exclusions for participation in a late summer internships apply (such as restrictions on international study.) Please see the Internships Office with questions.
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Procedures for Internship Registration
Students must register for all internships through Handshake by published enrollment deadlines, see a Career Coach for questions about the process. All internships must be registered for no later than the Friday of the week preceding the term of the internship. Internships must be properly recorded on the student record during the term in which the student participates in the experience.
Visit the Careers & Professional Development office in CORE for more information about finding and preparing for an internship