Internship Guidelines

Students seeking an internship need to ensure they meet the following requirements before committing to an employer:

  • At least junior class status (minimum of 60 credits completed) or two-year senior class status (minimum of 30 credits completed)
  • Good academic standing. Students must have a 2.5 GPA at the time they begin the internship, and 3.0 recommended for 12-credit internship
  • Availability of professional or general electives (not liberal arts electives) that can be replaced by the internship (3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-credit internship)
  • Total semester credits not to exceed 18 credit hours, unless student is willing to pay additional tuition for extra credits

Guidelines for an internship to qualify for college credit:

  • The internship needs to be a working experience within the student’s major.
  • The job duties must provide the student with a rigorous, hands-on working experience that enables the student to apply academic learnings in a real, live work situation.
  • The internship needs to be a new learning experience. College credit cannot be granted for an existing job.
  • The internship must be supervised by a site mentor who is experienced and qualified to provide feedback and direction in that field of work.

Internship course requirements:

  • Complete 5 workshops chosen from an array of in person or remote workshop opportunities offered by the Professional and Career Development department and participate in a promotional event to inform other students about your experience and internship opportunities at your internship site.
  • Completion of internship with the minimum of 150 hours for a 3-credit internship, 300 hours for a 6-credit internship, 450 hours for a 9-credit internship and 600 hours for a 12-credit internship
  • Completion of weekly, two-page double-spaced, typed e-journal including three categories:
    • Tasks/Activities/Duties performed that week
    • Skills/Information learned that week
    • Problems encountered and how they were solved that week
  • Submission of one-page weekly log with name, days, dates and hours worked each week placed in the left-hand corner. This can be added to the top of the journal for convenience.
  • Completion of a final oral presentation/demonstration that is open to the Thomas community and that incorporates a demonstration of outcomes related to the achievement of the intern’s five contracted learning objectives.