Student Internship Information

What exactly is an internship?

An internship through Career Services is an opportunity for you to "earn while you learn." While we will help you find any opportunity to assist you in getting professional experience in your field, the Career Services Center is only able to oversee paid internships due to employment guidelines and liability concerns. Get paid and get class credit at the same time. Student internships are a unique form of education which integrates classroom study with paid, planned, and supervised work experience in the public and private sectors.

View the Internship Orientation PowerPoint for more information!

If you are unable to view this on your computer, please come in to the Career Services Center (RH 122) during business hours to view the powerpoint presentation at one of our computers. 

What are the requirements for eligible participation in an internship?

To participate in the program, students must have a declared major, maintain an approved grade point average, be enrolled in at least six credit hours (which may include the prospective internship), and be recommended by their faculty adviser.
  • Must be enrolled in 1-3 academic credits for the internship
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0. College of Business and Public Policy students must have a 2.75 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in their declared major.
  • Must be a paid internship
  • During fall and spring, only 20 hours a week will count towards your internship requirements; during summer, only 40 hours a week will count towards your internship requirements
  • International students MUST meet additional requirements prior to beginning an internship
  • $95 self-support fee will be assigned to your student account in addition to the course tuition
  • Must be enrolled in an approved internship course
  • A minimum of 225 hours is required for a 3-credit internship (1 credit = 75 hours of work)
  • Must participate in a midway conference call and evaluation with supervisor, faculty member, and internship coordinator
  • Must participate in a final evaluation with supervisor
  • Must complete final report and any additional requirements of your faculty member
  • Students are ultimately responsible for any and all paperwork being submitted in a timely fashion

Are internships limited to semester periods?

The Career Services Center's internships may begin any time during the semester and are not limited to the academic calendar in progress. A program placement can be initiated at anytime during the year.

How many hours is an intern allowed to work?

Students participating in a student internship during the fall and spring semester, work up to 20 hours per week for a minimum of fifteen weeks to receive credit for the internship. However, during the summer an intern may work 40 hours per week.
 

How to apply for an internship:

Come to the Career Services Center to get more information, located in the Rasmuson Hall 122 or email the UAA Career Services Center at uaa_career@uaa.alaska.edu Make sure to sign up on the UAA Career Services Online Job Database to begin searching for internship opportunities!

INTERNSHIP CHECKLIST:
Step 1: Obtain Internship Application Packet
Step 2: Complete Mandatory Internship Orientation by viewing the Internship Orientation PowerPoint
Step 3: Meet with Faculty Advisor for acceptance into your internship course and complete the Learning Agreement
Step 4:Submit completed Internship Application to the Career Services Center
Step 5: Utilize resource provided by the Career Services Center for internship opportunities
Step 6: Receive, complete, and submit completed Learning Agreement
Step 7: Receive Add/Drop Form from the Career Services Center and complete course registration process.
---Wait for CSC approval before you begin your internship.---
Step 8: Begin your internship!!

Student benefits for doing an internship: 

  • Allows students to test classroom learning in the laboratory of the real world
  • Enables students to pay for a significant portion of their college expenses through earnings of their internship position
  • Improves job prospects after graduation by giving students valuable work experience
  • Builds work history for a great resume
  • Determines strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop work skills and knowledge of your industry
  • Network with potential employers and future co-workers
  • Gain tangible experience in your field of study
  • Improve your professional confidence
  • Possibly secure a position in your career field upon graduation
  • Decide if this area is the right career for you
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