Internships are on- or off-campus work experiences that are related to students’ fields of study and/or career interests. Internships assume that students possess knowledge and skills developed through their academic pursuits that can be applied in a work setting. For students, internships can provide a setting to test career goals, connect classroom learning to work, and develop critical qualifications for future jobs and graduate schools.
Securing an internship can be similar to securing a full time job. Career Services serves as an information and referral source for students. The office will assist with identifying potential internships, developing job search tools and skills, and in understanding the process of applying for and receiving academic credit.
- Individual Appointments – Visit Career Services or call 461-7400 to schedule an appointment to explore internships that are a good fit for your major and interests. Career Services’ “Guide to Securing an Internship” is available to help you as you begin your search.
- Resumes and Interviews – Many internships require an application process. Check out Career Services’ Resume and Interviewing Resources to get helpful advice on these areas.
- Internships with Hastings Area Community Partners - Students have the opportunity to apply to internships with 26 non-profit organizations in the Hastings / Grand Island area. To learn more about the varied application processes contact Career Services. View a list of partners.
- Hastings College’s Internship Site; JobZone – As a member of the Nebraska College Recruiting Consortium, Hastings College houses its internship listings on the NCRC JobZone. You will need to fill out a brief registration and verify your email address to gain access to the system. Contact HC Career Services in Hazelrigg Student Union if you need assistance. A Student Registration and User Guides can be obtained in Career Services or you may download the guides here: JobZone Registration Guide and JobZone User Guide.
- Internships USA Online – Career Services subscribes to this internship site. Click on the link at the beginning of this entry and then on Internship Series Online, then use “HastingsC” as the user name nd “Hast201213" as the password to gain access to internships in Community/Social Service Agencies, International Affairs, Women’s Rights, America’s Top Companies, Media Internship Book, Sports, Green Internships, Seasonal State Park Employment, Washington D.C. Internships in Policy & Law, Resorts, Congressional Internships, Human Rights, History, and Advertising. The site’s web address is http://www.internships-usa.com/.
- Career Library Resources – Copies of the Internship USA Directory Series are housed in the Career Library along with additional internship directories and notebooks containing internship announcements by employer, academic area, and geographic area.
Credit Internships are supervised on- or off-campus educational and work experiences involving a student, site supervisor, faculty member, and a college administrative committee. Internships allow students to apply and extend theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom to a practical experience and can be paid or unpaid. Students earn grades for their academic and experiential performances.
- Faculty Supervision – Internships for academic credit require faculty supervision. Faculty supervisors guide students in developing grading criteria for the internship course, supervise and interact with students during the internship, and assign grades (based on their evaluation of academic work and a host agency performance evaluation.) Faculty may suggest content for the reading component of internships, but students are responsible for compiling and obtaining the reading materials. Faculty are not required to host internships, thus you must seek out a faculty person in your field to request that they supervise an internship for you.
- Sponsoring Agency Supervision – The internship organization must assign a host supervisor to direct and supervise your work. The host supervisor provides training, daily supervision, a written performance evaluation at the end of the internship term. Career Services facilitates the evaluation process. Again, the host agency may have suggestions for your reading component, but they are not required to assign the material.
- Student Eligibility – To apply for academic credit for an internship, students must have completed their freshman year and must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
- Internship Standards – Students normally are expected to put in 40 clock hours for every 1 hour of academic credit they request. Most credit internships are for 3 hours. Internships for more than 3 hours are possible; however, those internships must contain academic projects that are unusually demanding or ambitious. Full-time, off-campus programs combining academic work within the experience are the only internships considered for 12 credit hours. All internships are to include a reading component.
- Application Procedures - Students must prepare an application to be considered to receive academic credit for internships. You may download the internship handbook and application from this page or contact Career Services to have the application document sent to you by email.
Applications are submitted to the College’s Internship Committee through the Director of Career Services, who serves as the committee’s chairperson. Career Services will communicate committee actions with students (deficiencies, requests for revisions, approval). Contact Kim Graviette in Hazelrigg Student Union.
- Evaluation Criteria – The committee considers the following areas as it reviews applications for credit.
- The weight and clarity of the academic purpose.
- The appropriateness of the structured internship activities and responsibilities.
- The rigor of the evaluation standards agreed to by all parties.
- The merit of the academic assignments, i.e. journaling, incorporation of bibliographic materials, research, final papers, etc.
- The bibliography. (The information must be detailed, including amount of reading, subject, titles and/or sources.)
- Application Deadlines – Every attempt must be made to meet the College’s deadlines when submitting applications to receive academic credit. When circumstances prevent students from meeting the deadline, they will be accessed a $20 late fee to have the proposal considered by the Internship Committee. Deadlines follow:
- INTERIM and SPRING applications are due on the Friday before Thanksgiving break.
- SUMMER and FALL applications are due on the Friday of the third week in April.
- Letter of Intent for Submitting a Late Internship Proposal – Students who know that they intend to participate in an internships for academic credit, yet find themselves unable to meet the above deadlines, may avoid the late submission fee by submitting A Letter of Intent for Submitting a Late Internship Proposal. Letters of Intent are only accepted on or before the regular internship deadlines and must be received by the deadline date to avoid the late fee. You may download the Letter of Intent from this page.