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.
- 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.
- In order to be eligible to participate in an internship, a student must have completed one semester at Landmark at the credit level and a GPA of 2.5 and in good disciplinary standing. Exceptions to these criteria must be approved by the Academic Dean.
- In some instances, there might be specific course prerequisites for participating in an internship.
- Because it is a credit-bearing course of study, students will be charged regular tuition fees. An internship does not impact a student’s financial aid.
- 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.
- There will be a set of curriculum committee-approved college-wide guidelines for internships at the 2000 and 4000 levels.
- Each department will develop specific internal guidelines for internships at the 2000, 4000 level, including a general course description and designated course codes.
- The faculty sponsor has primary responsibility for creating a syllabus which includes learning objectives, reading assignments, deadlines, and assessment methods. The syllabus will be created in collaboration with the student and in consultation with department chair and internship supervisor. The amount of academic work assigned by the faculty sponsor should be commensurate with the number and level of credits for the internship.
- In addition to the academic work assigned, students must maintain a work log that includes the number of hours worked and the details of specific work tasks.
- The student is required to maintain regular communication with the faculty sponsor to plan activities, monitor progress, and address 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’s degree and 12 towards the Bachelor’s degree.
- Internships are recorded as electives and do not fulfill core curriculum requirements.
Internship Procedure (suggested time for completion: 1-2 months)
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.
Student identifies internship options and solicits initial agreements with faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor.
- Student submits an internship proposal to the faculty sponsor and department Chair determines final approval.
- Proposals are due no later than November 1 for spring internships and April 1 for summer and fall internships.
- Within one week after submission of the proposal, the department Chair communicates decision on the internship to the student, faculty sponsor and registrar.
- The faculty sponsor submits a syllabus for the internship to the Registrar and onsite supervisor by the end of the add/drop period in the semester the internship takes place.
- Student undertakes internship.
- After completion of the internship a final evaluation from on-site supervisor is submitted to faculty sponsor.
- Faculty sponsor communicates to student onsite supervisor’s evaluation and provides a grade based on the learning goals stated in the syllabus.