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Use the online Blue Hen Careers system to identify
local, regional, and national internships. Search by job type, major or
geographic location. Internships are available in the arts, business, communications,
science, engineering, agriculture, human services, and more.
It is the student's responsibility to determine
the suitability of the internship position and organization. Students
are encouraged to discuss questions or concerns about employers with the
professional staff in the Career Services Center.
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Obtaining credit for internship experiences:
- Arrange an independent study with a faculty member.
- Participant in a departmental internship.
- Register for UNIV 364 - Experiential Internship
Students from any major who wish to obtain credit for their internship
placement can register for this three free-elective credit class, which
is held during the Fall (1 section), Winter (2 sections), Spring (1 section),
and Summer (1 section). Because the course is limited to 20 students per
section, seniors receive top priority for the Fall and Spring sessions.
There hasn't been a problem accommodating students at any level during
the Winter or Summer sessions. Advance registration is usually necessary
in order to obtain a spot in the Fall or Spring UNIV 364 classes. Small
classes are required for interaction and problem solving.
When you read the description of the course in the catalog, you will
see that it is necessary for you to arrange an internship on your
own prior to entering class. This internship should be in an area
related to your major or an area of possible career interest. Nearly
a thousand internship opportunities are listed in Blue Hen Careers. Internship directories that list national and international internships
are available in the Career Library. The Internship handout lists websites that contain internships. It is also possible to arrange
an internship on your own with a company that interests you.
It is necessary to spend a minimun of 50 hours at your internship site
during the session or semester you are enrolled in UNIV 364.
It is not possible to take the class before or after
you have completed your internship. It is possible to take UNIV 364
more than one time, however, the credits do not count toward graduation unless you have a different instructor and a different internship the second time around.
You must obtain a Learning Contract from the Career Services Center
and fill it out with your internship goals and expectations and have
it signed by your internship supervisor. After signing the Learning
Contract yourself, you must bring it to your UNIV 364 instructor on
the first day of class so that he/she can sign it. In addition to the
Learning Contract you turn in to your instructor, it is advisable to
keep a copy for your own use.
Select your internship with care, keeping in mind that the purpose
of an internship is to explore career options, learn organizational
culture, hone new skills, apply classroom knowledge to real world situations,
and perform valuable service. These criteria can not be satisfied by
any or all work or volunteer experiences.
Be sure to discuss a potential internship site with your instructor
prior to the start of UNIV 364 to confirm the appropriateness of your
UNIV 364 - Experiential Internship is designed to complement the experiences
you have at your internship site. There will be lecture and discussion
about a variety of topics including: career development, personality
and learning styles, and diversity. There will be no exams but assignments,
attendance and participation will count for 70% of your grade for the
course with 30% contributed by your Internship Evaluation, submitted
by your site supervisor.
If you have further questions, please contact Scott Rappaport, Program Coordinator, Career Services Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-831-1231.
- Obtaining Credit for Internships Taken "Off Site"
Some students may seek credit through Career Services for "off site"
internships (those at a distance of more than fifty miles from campus)
for Winter or Summer internships. The following questions and
answers should be read to understand the rules and regulations
that apply under these circumstances.
To get 3 elective credits through the Career Services Center for
your "off site" internship, you must do the following:
A. Make an appointment to see your instructor or Scott Rappaport at the
Career Services Center to get approval for your internship site and
find out what assignments you will have to fulfill.
B. Register for UNIV 364.
C. Obtain a Learning Contract from the front desk at Career Services
Center. Write down your internship goals and have the contract signed
by your internship supervisor. Return the contact to your instructor.
Commonly asked questions:
(Q) I won't be paid for my internship but State law says
I have to get credit. I am an out-of-state student and will have to pay
tuition at the University of Delaware to do this internship through UNIV
364. I just can't afford that and I don't need the credit.
- May I just register for 1 credit instead of 3?
- May I do the internship in the summer or winter and then register for
UNIV 364 for the Fall or Spring and get my credits then?
(A) NO. In order to get credit for your internship through
Career Services you must register for the full three credits and do the
internship I the same session/semester you register for credit. This is
a firm, non-negotiable policy.
(Q) Are there any other ways I can get credit for my
summer or winter internship?
- Locate a college or community college near your internship site which
has an experiential or internship course. Pick up a Transfer of Credit
form from the Student Services Building and bring it, along with a copy
of the course description, to Scott Rappaport at the Career Services
Center (an appointment is recommended).
- Identify a faculty member who is willing to support your out-of-class
experience through UNIV 262; 362; or 462 (Experiential Learning).