Internships are a unique, yet competitive opportunity to begin gaining experience in your field of interest. All students are encouraged to participate in the internship program provided they meet the requirements listed below. Internship applicants must have completed 32 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. A student may earn two to eight elective credits per internship for a total of 16 elective credits throughout his or her college career.

  • 1 Credit Internship – 37.5 Hours per semester
  • 2 Credit Internship – 75 Hours per semester
  • 3 Credit Internship – 112.5 Hours per semester
  • 4 Credit Internship – 150 Hours per semester
  • 5 Credit Internship – 187.5 Hours per semester
  • 6 Credit Internship – 225 Hours per semester
  • 7 Credit Internship – 262.5 Hours per semester
  • 8 Credit Internship – 300 Hours per semester

In addition, to be eligible for internship credits, a student must:

  1. Interview for the position on an open, competitive basis.
  2. Consult with his/her faculty advisor, develop learning objectives, and complete an academic paper or project for a grade

*Internship credits will be added to a student’s scheduled course load and count as a class. The addition of a 4 credit internship may put a student over the 18 credit limit, in which case the student will be responsible to pay for the overage.

The following regulations must be followed in order to obtain internship approval:

  1. Current full-time employment may not be used for internship credit.
  2. The intern may not be supervised by a relative.
  3. All internships must be approved for credit prior to beginning internship duties.
  4. Students must be attending Centenary University at the time of the internship in order to receive academic credit for it.
  5. Students with Centenary University Code of Conduct violations (please see Centenary University Student Code of Conduct; Offenses and Jurisdiction) will not be allowed the opportunity to participate in the internship program.

In order for an experience to be defined as a legitimate unpaid internship, the following criteria must be met: 

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor. 
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Individuals who wish to volunteer for the purposes of educational or professional interest as part of a formal or informal educational program must meet the following criteria:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment.
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  4. The employer that provides the training derives minimal or no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may be temporarily impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent on the internship.

The for-credit internship application process is as follows:

  1. The student should first speak with their faculty advisor to inform them that they are interested in interning. The advisor may provide guidance in regards to the student’s schedule and ability to intern, preparedness, and academic expectations.
  2. If the student meets the eligibility criteria above, they should schedule an appointment with Andrew Leister to discuss potential internship locations and to collect the two-page registration form.
  3. The supervisor at the internship site must first complete the “Responsibilities” section and sign the registration form before the student continues the application process.
  4. The student then consults with his/her faculty advisor, who will assign learning objectives and an academic assignment, and sign the form. All credited internships must be pre-approved by an advisor.
  5. The student then sees the Department Chair, who will approve and sign the registration form.
  6. The student will return the paperwork with the required signatures to Andrew Leister for approval.

At the completion of the internship, an evaluation form is sent to the employer, and the completed form is then given to the academic advisor to use in determining the student’s internship grade. Students are also asked to complete a student evaluation at the completion of their internship for internship assessment purposes.

Students may also inquire about non-credit internship opportunities in the Career Development Center. However, if a student engages in an off-campus internship opportunity, the student will not be covered under Centenary University insurance and the school holds no liability for their actions at the internship site.