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4 Step Internship Course Enrollment Process

Students in the College of Arts & Science, Maine College of Business and College of Technology must complete 4 steps to enroll in an internship course. Click on the blue button above to download a PDF version of the steps listed below.


STEP 1: Submit 4 Document Package For Your Internship Course!

Email an Internship Course Application Package to your Internship Manager as ONE COMPLETE SCANNED PDF file during the following SUBMISSION DATES:
  • Fall Semester = April 15 - May 15
  • Winter Semester = August 15 - September 15
  • Spring / Summer Semester = December 15 - January 15

THE COURSE APPLICATION PACKAGE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING 4 DOCUMENTS:

DOCUMENT 1 = download the iNTERNSHIP COURSE APPLICATION FORm now  

Fill out the internship course application form and email it, and the three additional documents listed below, to your Internship Manager during the submission dates listed above. All fields but be filled out completely and accurately. Incomplete forms will be denied and could delay your internsip process. This package must be scanned and emailed as one PDF document.

     **NOTICE: F-1 Visa international students also need to include a completed CPT Application form found on the Work Authorization   
                      page here

DOCUMENT 2 = Signed Degree Plan From Your Academic Advisor

Review your Degree Plan with your advisor to determine which term you are academically eligible for your internship course. Make sure they provide you with a signed document that states the course number, the term you are eligible, and the number of credit hours.

 
DOCUMENT 3 = Internship Workshop Cerificate of Attendance REGISTER NOW 
Attending a workshop is mandatory for anyone interested in taking a 290 / 490 / 790 internship course to receive academic credit. Workshops give you the opportunity to learn more about internships and get any questions you may have about the internship process answered. Click the "Register Now" button to find a workshop that will work for you from the list on Handshake. 
 
 
DOCUMENT 4 = Screenshot of Resume uploaded on Handshake UPLOAD YOUR RESUME NOW   

Your resume must be in "Pending Status" to be accepted as part of your Internship Course Application Package. "Reviewed Status" preferred.   

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STEP 2: Search For Positions, Apply, Interview & Be Selected! 

It is your responsibility to find an internship relating to your major. There are several ways to find internships.

a) Handshake: FIND POSITIONS ON HANDSHAKE NOW

Handshake has a wide variety of active internships for all majors. 

b) Career Services Events: VIEW CAREER EVENTS NOW

Attend Career Services events to meet with various employers about potential internships available. 

 

c) Search Employer Websites & Use Search Engines like Indeed.com: 

Go to the sites of employers you are curious about or are a fan of, and find the Careers, Jobs or Internships section to review and apply for relevant opportunities for potential internship. If none are posted, but there is a Contact Us page, use that to inquire. You might also find a Talent Pool or similar mention where you can upload your resume for general consideration.   

Not sure what kind of internship is a fit for you and / or your major?  See Additional Resources below to find the Internship Guide for your degree program.  You may share these resources with your prospective employers.  


STEP 3: After You Accept And Are Committed To A Site - Report It! 

DOWNLOAD THE STUDENT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AGREEMENT NOW

DEADLINE DATES FOR SELECTION:

  • Fall Semester = July 15
  • Winter Semester = November 15
  • Spring / Summer Semester = March 15

After you accept a position, you must fill out a Student Experiential Learning Agreement and email it to your Internship Manager. All fields must be filled out completely and accurately. Incomplete forms are denied and could delay your internsip process. 

**If you are unable to meet this deadline date, you must email your Internship Manager a list of all the places you have interviewed, or will be interviewing, and request an extension. 


STEP 4: Internship Manager Verifies The Position & Authorizes Enrollment In The Course!

Your Internship Manager contacts the organization directly to verify the position. You and your academic advisor will receive an email after this process is complete and you will be enrolled in the course at that time.

INTERNSHIP MANAGER CONTACT INFO


Internship Resources:

Forms

Sport Management Organizations by Region

Additional Resources

Internship Guidelines by Class / Major

Benefits of an Internship

An internship is one of the most important things you can do in your college career:

  • The percent of interns that convert to full-time employment is nearly 50%
  • Students from internship programs are “more successful as employees” 
  • Interns receiving full-time job offers has increased more than 10% in the last 7 years

Internships provide you the opportunity to:

  • Establish professional contacts within your field
  • Receive on-the-job training and experience industry firsthand
  • Make informed career decisions
  • Apply new skills and experiences to classroom instruction
  • Gain academic credit toward graduation
  • Enhance resumes, references, and work experience
  • Develop professional skills
  • Use specialized facilities and equipment on the job

Required versus Optional Internships

  • All Allied Health programs in the College of Health Professions require a practicum
  • The Colleges of Business and Technology require Experiential Learning in all Bachelor level academic programs, internship is one option to fulfill 
  • Internships are highly recommended for all students in these colleges

Credit v. Non-Credit Internship

  • Credit and non-credit bearing internships help students gain experience
  • Some DU academic programs require internships and they are optional electives in all programs
  • Regional Internship Managers can assist students to develop credit bearing internships, Career Services Coordinators can assist with non-credit opportunities
  • Both types of internships are posted on Handshake

Internship Alternative – BUSN489 or TECH489

Students need experience to enter the job market more easily.  DU instituted the Experiential Learning Requirement in 2014 to be sure our graduates have skills employers want; internship is the strongest of those options to build an individual resume.  It lets students try out an area in his or her chosen field and narrow the focus for future career path steps.  Some DU programs have one or two required internships. 
 
BUSN489 or TECH489 Field Experiences are also solid choices.  Students train to be business consultants and take part in an assigned live business case as a team member.  Field Experience is for more experienced individuals who may not have so great a need to explore career paths, and / or are building upon an already strong resume.  Learn more about Field Experiences here.

See interns connecting with employers at the West Michigan Intern Connect event!

International Internships

Please visit the websites of DU-approved internship program providers and consult the Global Programs Office for further guidance and approval.  Working one year ahead is vital for success in an international search and approval process.  

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