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What is an Internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships provide the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to find top talent.

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

How can an internship be valuable?

  • Career exploration-test the water
  • Put theory to practice
  • Competitive advantage-resume builder
  • Gain industry contacts
  • Receive academic credit for outside the classroom experience
  • Get your foot in the door; turn it into a full-time job!

Important Checklists

Step One: Academic Advising

To be eligible for the internship program, you must meet department-specific academic requirements at the time of your application:

  • GPA requirement (see course description for requirement)
  • Credit requirement (including at least 12 NSU Credits *)

Meet with your Academic Advisor to check your eligibility status and receive approval to move forward with the process

*If you are an incoming first time in college student or transfer student at least 12 NSU credits must be earned prior to registration for an academic credit internship.

Step Two: Career Development

Visit Career Development and meet with a career advisor to:

  • Develop a strategic search to identify an internship or review faculty suggested sites
  • Create and review your resume, cover letter, and thank you letters
  • Conduct mock interview and interviewing etiquette
  • Receive internship site approval

Step Three: Academic Department

Determine who your academic department contact is.

Speak with your academic department contact to:

  • Identify and designate a faculty supervisor for your internship
  • Review internship site options
  • Discuss deadlines impacting course registration and academic credit

Provide your internship site information to your academic department contact for final approval.

Step Four: Academic Advising

Your academic advisor will contact you to complete your registration.

SEMESTER BEFORE Desired Internship Start Date

Step 1: Academic Advising

To be eligible for the internship program, you must have completed at least one academic semester at NSU (minimum of 12 NSU credits earned) maintaining a minimum 2.5 CUM GPA.

  • GPA requirement (min. 2.5 CUM GPA)
  • Credit requirement (12 NSU Credits)

Step 2: Career Development

Visit Career Development and meet with a career advisor to:

  • Develop a strategic search to identify an internship
  • Create and review your resume, cover letter, and thank you letters
  • Conduct mock interview and interviewing etiquette

BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR INTERNSHIP

Provide your Career Advisor an offer letter from internship site on their stationary with terms of the internship including:

  • Supervisors information:
    • Job Title
    • Phone number
    • Email
  • Start Date/End Date
  • Location
  • Work Hours
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