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Internships

2013-14 FINALIZED 2-3-14 

Internships combine classroom theory with a structured, supervised work experience, providing the opportunity to link the academic experience with future career aspirations or community service objectives. The Internships office assists students in all aspects of internships from helping with site placement to providing a supervised work experience. Students undertake internships with intentional learning goals and a plan for reflection on the experience. An internship enhances personal, professional and educational development, bridging the gap between the classroom and the "real world". Augustana offers five different types of internships:

Senior Inquiry Internships (Sxx), Service Learning Internships (Lxx), Academic Internships (Axx), Experiential Internships (Exx) and Volunteer Internships (Vxx). Registered internships will appear on students' transcripts.

Senior Inquiry Internships

These internships explore students' abilities and interests, and emphasize the needs of a community. The sponsoring department will determine how "reflection" is demonstrated and how "community" is defined for the internship, as well as the type of evaluation (graded or pass/no-credit) and the number of credit hours. These internships must meet the standards of Senior Inquiry as established by the academic department.

Service Learning Internships

These internships integrate community service with academic study and critical thinking. While they focus on addressing a community's needs, these internships occur within an academic context, require a significant academic component and are supervised and evaluated by faculty. The sponsoring department will determine how "reflection" is demonstrated and how "community" is defined for the internship. They may be taken for either a letter grade or the pass/no-credit option.

Academic Internships

These internships concentrate on the practical application of learning, exploring students' abilities and interests. They occur within an academic context and require a significant academic component. They are supervised and evaluated by faculty. The sponsoring department will determine how "reflection" is demonstrated for the internship. They may be taken for either a letter grade or the pass/no-credit option.

Experiential Internships

Experiential Internships allow students to explore career opportunities without requiring an academic component. While these internships should explore the student's abilities and interests, they need not emphasize the needs of a community. They may be supervised by either a faculty member or qualified staff person (a member of the Internships Office, Career Development or Center for Vocational Reflection, etc.). The sponsoring entity will determine how "reflection" is demonstrated for the internship. They may be taken for either the pass/no-credit option or the zero-credit option. In either case a "grade" will be included on the transcript (i.e. a P or NC will appear for the pass/no-credit option, or an A through F for the zero-credit option).

Volunteer Internships

Volunteer internships are non-academic and focus primarily on meeting the needs of a community. They may be supervised by either a faculty member or qualified staff person (a member of the Office of Internship Services, Career Development or Center for Vocational Reflection). The sponsoring entity will determine how "reflection" is demonstrated and how "community" is defined for the internship. They may be taken for the pass/no-credit option or the zero-credit option. In either case a "grade" for the experience will be included on the transcript (i.e. a P or NC will appear for the pass/no-credit option, or an A through F for the zero-credit option).

Qualifications for Internships

Credit-bearing internships range from 0-9 credit hours. Credits are based on the number of hours spent on the internship. Hours must be completed during the term in which credit is received. Typically, one credit hour requires 35-40 hours spent on the internship site. The person supervising the internship at Augustana will determine the appropriate number of credit hours for the internship.

Credit-bearing internships may be taken either for a letter grade (A through F) or pass/no-credit. Only faculty members will assign letter grades for credit-bearing internships. The policy of the granting department concerning pass/no-credit grades will determine the status of these grades within the department's curriculum. An authorization for internship must be completed to register for a credit-bearing internship.

Internships may be taken for zero credits. Completion of a zero-credit internship requires a student to work a minimum of 40 hours. Zero-credit internships will not affect a student's grade-point average. These will be taken for a letter grade (A through F). Faculty and others approved by the internship committee may assign grades (A through F) for zero-credit internships. Students engaged in an internship that requires more than one term to complete (including during summer term) may be given the temporary grade of IP. (See "In-Progress Grades,")

Internships taken for credit will be assessed the standard tuition fees. If students elect to take the internship for zero credit hours, they will be assessed a $50 fee. Zero credit internships are offered only to continuously enrolled students during the summer or if they are also taking other courses for credit at the college during the academic year.

NOTE: Regardless of the kind of internship taken, whether the students is part-time or full-time, whether the student is degree-seeking or not, and regardless of the total number of credits taken at the college, Augustana awards a maximum of nine (9) credits of internship credits to a student record. If a student wishes to participate in additional internship opportunities beyond the nine credits, those may be taken for zero credit.

Internships and Credits toward the Major

Only work performed under the Senior Inquiry internships, service learning internships and academic internships may count toward credits in the major. The academic department determines the maximum number of internship credits a student may count toward the major.

Internship credits of these three types (Sxx/Lxx/Axx) that do not become part of the credits toward a major will be listed as INTR-DEPT-Sxx (or Lxx; or Axx) and will be assessed with the pass/no-credit option or a letter grade at the discretion of the department. These additional hours will still count toward graduation requirements, but will not count toward the major or toward general education requirements. No more than a total of 9 internship credits may apply toward graduation requirements.

Experiential and volunteer internships taken through a non-academic department are limited to 3 credits.

Summer and Late-Summer Internships

Students must register for all internships by the procedures outlined below. Summer internships may be one of two categories:

Summer Internships take place after spring term graduation, meet all hourly requirements of the internship and conclude sometime prior to the start of fall term. Registration, tuition, fees and policies related to these internships will be applied to the summer record.

NOTE: Students who wish to be summer graduates must have the internship experience concluded and grades posted before the published summer graduation date.

Late Summer/Early Fall Internships meet all hourly requirements of the internship and take place between July 1 and September 30. Registration, tuition, fees and policies related to these internships will be applied to the fall record and will count in the regular academic year.

NOTE: Students who wish to be summer graduates may not participate in this internship experience if the internship experience is required. Some exclusions for participation in a late summer internships apply (such as restrictions on international study.) Please see the Internships Office with questions.

approved by Senate 10/21/10

Procedures for Registration

Students must register for all internships by the presentation of an appropriately signed internship registration form to the registrar's office during the time of registration. All internships must be registered for no later than the Friday of the week preceding the term of the internship. Internships must be properly recorded on the student record during the term in which the student participates in the experience.