An internship is a supervised work experience related to the student's program and career intentions. Internships are developed for each academic program, not specific students. Internships involve entry-level tasks related to the base of skills that students have developed in their coursework. Assignments may not always align perfectly with a particular student’s specific goals, but will be in the career field.
The work experience and professional references that are gained in the process will be helpful in obtaining employment. Employers view strong job performance and a positive attitude as important factors in hiring interns, as well as full-time employees. It is the key to new opportunities and long-term career success.
Below are some common questions regarding internships:
Am I eligible?
Students must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a Sinclair degree program, have a 2.0 GPA or above, and meet the departmental prerequisites.
Will I get paid for my internship?
Positions can be paid or unpaid, depending on the company, and do not include benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, etc. The important thing to remember is that you will be gaining valuable experience, increasing your likelihood of finding a job and making yourself more marketable to employers.
How long will it last? How many hours will I work? Will they accommodate my school schedule?
Internships typically last for the semester, but can be extended in some cases depending on employer's need and budget, and of course, job performance. They require approximately 15-20 hours of work per week, and employers should be accommodating of your course schedule.
Is it required?
You will need to check, as it varies from program to program. In many cases, the internship course can be taken as an elective, which is a great option. Having an internship on your transcript in place of another elective (say, pottery) is much more impressive. It will also help build your resume and network.
When should I start looking?
The process can take several weeks or even months; therefore, it is wise to start at the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which you want to intern.
How do I find an internship?
Getting an internship is a competitive process. Employers want to review resumes, interview applicants and select the best candidate for the job. It takes time, which is why it is important to start early.
First, answer some questions:
What are your career goals?
What do you want to get out of the internship experience?
Is there a specific business or industry for which you want to work?
Then, visit or contact our Internship Office for guidance, and to request access to our Internship Community in Angel, which is where we will post internship requests that we receive from employers. Also, browse our Job Search Tools (found under the Student Information tab on this page) for more tips.
You may also find it beneficial to:
Check local newspapers
Contact local county and city offices
Attend Career Fairs
Utilize networking sources such as: faculty and campus contacts, other students, friends and family members, former employers and co-workers, and professional contacts
Do I have to register?
Yes, in order to receive credit for your internship you have to register and pay for the course.
Will I receive a grade?
Yes, you will earn a letter grade based on a structured series of academic assignments, including a work/learning contract, a final report and project, as well as evaluations by both your supervisor and faculty instructor assigned from the department. You will not receive academic credit simply for working.
Can I use my current employer?
Yes, if it is within your career field, and if your supervisor agrees to provide you with new learning opportunities. You cannot receive credit for performing the same duties you have in the past.