Looking to gain exposure to and practical experience in a career field you'd like to pursue? A shadowing or internship experience could be just what you're looking for!
Searching for and completing a shadowing experience or internship is a multifaceted process that typically involves a wide variety of steps, materials, resources, and planning. Start now to maximize your NSU Edge and know the NSU Career Development Team is here to support you every step of the way! You can book an appointment with a Career/Edge Advisor in Navigate today to get started on your shadowing or internship journey!
Internships provide a way for students to 'get a taste' of what it is like to work in a particular field at a specific organization through a relatively short-term, hands-on experience. Interns get to actually complete work that professionals in their field of interest engage in, taking the knowledge they learn in the classroom and both putting it in to practice and building on it.
Internships are usually several weeks to a full semester in length, though the specifics vary. Some internships are for a limited numbers of hours per week, while others can be full-time, or nearly so.
Students at NSU can complete internships as part of their academic programs or on their own. They also may be eligible to earn academic credit and/or ExEL units for internships, depending on the specifics of their circumstances.
You can book an appointment with a Career/Edge Advisor in Navigate today to get started on your internship journey!
Nova Southeastern University has adopted the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) criteria for defining a quality internship.
Please note: If you are on an F-1 Visa, you are required to complete the CPT Form
Once you click Request Experience, you will be directed to your Experiences page, where you will see the details of the experience you just submitted. Click on View Details to submit additional required information.
Upload your Internship Offer Letter or Email to the Experience by clicking New Attachment. Once an attachment is uploaded, it will be visible above the New Attachment button.
Upload your signed Internship Liability Waiver to the Experience by clicking New Attachment. Once an attachment is uploaded, it will be visible above the New Attachment button.
An offer letter on official company letterhead or a PDF of an official email from your internship site that includes:
Please click here for a sample offer letter that can be used as a guide for your employer.
Shadowing is an experience where students can observe a professional in a field of interest to them on the job. This experience provides students with the opportunity to see what a 'day in the life' of a professional is really like to see if it is truly a field they want to pursue.
Shadowing experiences can be very short, just one time for a few hours, or they can be much more involved, perhaps partial, or even full days, over a semester or more. These experiences are very flexible and are designed out to meet the needs and situations of both the student and the professional being shadowed.
Students at NSU can complete shadowing experiences as part of their academic programs or on their own. They also may be eligible to earn academic credit and/or ExEL units for shadowing, depending on the specifics of their circumstances.
You can book an appointment with a Career/Edge Advisor in Navigate today to get started on your shadowing journey!
For students who have already begun a conversation with a Career/Edge Advisor about completing shadowing or internships, please find below all information and forms related to those experiences. Can't find something? Check in with your Career/Edge Advisor to locate what you need!
All materials related to earning ExEL units for shadowing are located in the Career Shadowing Canvas course. If you do not see this course in Canvas, contact your Career/Edge Advisor for more information.
ExEL Unit-Bearing Shadowing Information and Instruction Packet