An academic internship is a credit bearing opportunity for students to gain experience in a career related occupational setting in order to develop professional skills outside of the traditional college/ university environment. Academic internships at the 2000 level are typically exploratory in nature. Internships at the 3000/4000 level provide more in-depth learning and work experience related to a student’s career goals.
- A student will engage in 30 contact hours (time spent on-site performing the activities of an intern) for each internship credit earned.
- Internship work experiences are substantive and challenging. No more than 25% of an intern’s time will be spent doing clerical work.
- Internships are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Internships fulfilling the alternative study requirement for the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree will require a grade of C or better to earn credit.
- In order to be eligible to participate in an internship, a student must have completed one semester at Landmark at the credit level with a GPA of 2.5 and be in good disciplinary standing. Exceptions to these criteria must be approved by the Academic Dean.
- In some instances, there will be specific course prerequisites for participating in an internship.
- Internships must include training and supervision; consequently internships are sponsored by a department and supervised by an affiliated faculty member from that department in conjunction with a work-site supervisor.
- The faculty sponsor and work-site supervisor must be different people.
- Internships may not be supervised by a member of the student's immediate family.
- Internship proposals must be approved by the Academic Dean in cases of the AA/AS degrees and by the BA coordinator in the case of the BALST degree.
- The faculty sponsor coordinates the creation of a contract which includes learning objectives and expectations of the student, the supervisor, and the sponsor. The contract is created in collaboration with the student and the work site supervisor.
- The student maintains a work log that includes the number of hours worked and the details of the specific work tasks.
- The student is required to maintain regular communication with the faculty sponsor to monitor progress and address any problems that may arise. (The amount and manner of communication will be specified in the internship proposal.)
- Landmark will not retroactively approve credit for experiences undertaken without formal faculty sponsorship and without submitting an internship proposal.
- Internships can take place in a for-profit or non-profit setting and can either be paid or unpaid. Internships do not preclude Work Study opportunities.
- A maximum of three internship credits may be counted toward the Associate degrees and 12 towards the Bachelor’s degree.
- Internships are recorded as electives and do not fulfill core curriculum requirements for an Associate degree. A three credit internship at the 3000 or 4000 level can fulfill the B.A. requirement for alternative study.
Transfer and Career Services maintains a database of internship options and also provides resources and workshops for preparing resumes, cover letters, and practice for interviews.
Transfer and Career Services also maintains information of regional and national internship placements as well as contacts with alumni who are interested in providing internships.
A full list of completed Landmark internships along with contact information is retained and publicized by Transfer and Career Services.
- The student identifies internship options and meets with Transfer and Career Services to prepare for an interview.
- The student solicits initial agreements with faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor.
- The student submits an internship proposal to the faculty sponsor, no later than November 15 for spring internships and April 15 for summer and fall internships.
- The faculty sponsor submits the proposal to the department Chair, who passes it to the Academic Dean or B.A. Coordinator for final approval.
- Within one week after submission of the proposal, the department Chair communicates decision on the internship to the student, faculty sponsor, and registrar
- The student, the sponsoring faculty, and the on-site supervisor sign a contract for the internship.
- The faculty sponsor submits the contract to the Registrar and oversees the student’s delivery of the contract to the on-site supervisor by the end of the drop period in the semester the internship takes place.
- The student undertakes the internship, submitting work logs signed by the on-site supervisor to faculty sponsor on a regular basis (to be determined in the contract).
- Internships vary in length, but do not typically extend beyond the time period of a semester or summer.
- After completion of the internship a final evaluation from the site supervisor is submitted to the faculty sponsor.
- The faculty sponsor submits a credit/no credit grade based on the evaluation from the on-site supervisor and his/her own communications with the student throughout the internship.