Spring 2020 internship application openings will be delayed until November 2, 2020, due to a system change.
Eligibility and Requirements
Which majors require an internship?
All Gore School of Business majors, arts administration, and communication majors are required to complete an internship. Other majors in arts and sciences and public health may choose to do an internship for credit—contact the Career Center or your faculty advisor for additional information.
Am I eligible to do an internship? You are if you have:
- 60 college credits completed. Transfer and MBA students must have completed at least 15 hours at Westminster
- 2.5 GPA or better (3.0 for MBA students)
- Some courses in your major or minor completed
How do I find an internship?
A student must secure an internship before registering for course credit. Internship possibilities include working at most types of organizations including private businesses, non-profits, and for the government. You can intern anywhere in the world.
There are many ways to identify and secure an internship. You may consider utilizing one or more of the following resources to help you secure your internship:
- Internship Postings Available Through the Career Center: The Career Center receives internship postings each day. These are posted on Handshake.
- Assistance from Members of the Career Center Staff: If you need help identifying potential internship opportunities, you can make an appointment with a career coach through Handshake. For general questions about the internship process, email the Career Center (email@example.com).
- Your Current Job: You may complete an internship at your current place of employment, but you must be given new responsibilities or duties which translate to professional, meaningful work in your field of study.
- Friends, Professors, Relatives, and New Connections:Networking, including LinkedIn, is an excellent means of identifying internship opportunities.
**Please note: Before you register for an internship, review your schedule with your Advisor to ensure you are on track to graduate. They can help you determine the right number of credits for your internship.
Internship registration is easy. Before you begin the registration process you will need to be able to answer the questions below.
- How many credits should I register for this semester?
- You will receive 1 credit for every 42 hours worked.
- Business majors are required to complete at least 2 credits.
- Depending upon your major, you can receive from 1 to 8 credits per semester. Work with your academic advisor to determine how many credits to sign up for.
- Internships for credit are not available during the May Term.
- Internship credit hours are billed at the same rate as other courses.
- Who is my Faculty Coordinator?
For Gore School of Business majors your Faculty Coordinator is the individual who is teaching the course (BUSI 440). You will complete an online course as part of the academic requirements of your internship. You can review the course description and the Faculty Coordinator in Self-Service under the course number.
For all other majors, you will work with a full-time faculty member you select from your department. Ask a faculty member if they want to be your internship coordinator or talk to your advisor. This person will approve your internship for your major department and will be the one to grade your assignments. You should meet with, or speak with, the coordinator before registering so they can approve your internship. Be sure they are aware that they will receive a notification, via email, to approve your registration.
- What information will I need for my internship?
- Organization Name
- Organization Address
- Supervisor Name, phone #, and email address (it is very important to get a correct email so that the registration can be completed)
- A copy of your resume to upload
- Your Learning Objectives
Responsibilities, Policies, and Forms
Preparing Your Learning Objectives
Your learning objectives will
- Describe what you will be doing and learning during your internship
- Provide 3 to 5 objectives for the semester that are specific to your internship
- Detail measurable, reasonable, and specific objectives
- Be decided upon by you, your site supervisor, and your faculty internship coordinator
When registering for your internship you will be asked for 2 items
- A description of your internship
- Measurable, reasonable, and specific objectives for your internship
It will work best to prepare these ahead of the registration process and copy and paste each item when requested.
An example of what to prepare would be
The proposed internship will be with the Information Technology (IT) Department at Spark Strategic Ideas. Spark is a local marketing company with a national customer base. I currently work in the busy IT Department of about 10 employees, however the proposed internship is not a part of my current role. My assignment will be to design a skills-based assessment tool to evaluate employee performance in various positions in the department. This new project will allow me to gain assessment tool design skills and experience an understanding of Human Resource management procedures pertaining to IT professionals.
Measurable, reasonable, and specific objectives
- Evaluate each job description in the IT Department and assign appropriate responsibilities and tasks for each position.
- Develop a skills-based incentive and assessment program for consideration of promotions and raises.
- Determine a fair and effective method to evaluate employees to see when certain skill levels have been met or exceptional work produced.
- Document the process and give a management presentation on the new skills-based assessment tool