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. 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".
Depending on the area of study, students may receive credit towards major/minor requirements, senior inquiry, or elective credit.
Qualifications for Internships
Students are eligible to apply for an internship following successful completion of one term at Augustana College. However, most students will not be approved for an internship until they have completed at least one year of college coursework at Augustana. Students are required to have internship counseling preparation within their major department or in CORE prior to starting any internship.
Internships range from 0-12 credits and span varying time frames. Students must log 40 work hours for a 0, .25, and 1 credit internship. Internships for more than 1 credit require an additional 35- 40 hours of student work for each unit of credit awarded. Students must also complete several assignments including an internship reflection. Internships must be approved by the academic advisor and the faculty member supervising the internship. Students must register for internships through the Assistant Director of Internships in the Career Development Office.
International students must register internships for credit per federal regulations. The .25 credit option fulfills this federal regulation which allows students to complete an experiential internship without incurring additional tuition fees. Domestic students may choose to register 0 or .25 credit internships in order to receive grant funding and have their experience reflected on their academic transcript. This provides the flexibility of allowing students to have the experience on their transcript and receive supervision and support from the college.
If an internship is taken during the academic year, credits included with tuition can include internship credits (up to 12 may be applied toward the degree). Students should carefully consult the overload fee policy before registering for an internship so they understand how their internship credits may be applied toward their regular tuition and fees for the year. Students who take a .25 internship and these credits take them over the maximum credits allowed with full time tuition will not have to pay an overload for the .25 credits.
If the internship is taken in the summer there are two options: For internships taken for 0 or .25 credit, there is no charge for credit. For internships taken for 1 or more credits, the cost per credit is the current summer credit rate as determined by the college and is not covered by financial aid.
Internship credits are exempt from the college-wide credit limit within a single subject/departmental code.
Students engaged in an internship that requires more than one term to complete (including during summer term) will need to register for separate internship experiences. All hours and graded work for the internship must be completed by the last of the term as defined in the Academic Calendar.
The majority of credit-bearing internships are graded pass/no-credit.* The internship supervisor (faculty member or CORE staff member) will assign a final grade of P or NC for internships. Pass/No Credit internships do not impact the student grade point average, but unsuccessful completion may impact financial aid and satisfactory progress toward the major and/or the degree. Zero-credit internships are given a letter grade (A-F) but will not impact the grade point average.
*Some special Augustana study away experiences and programs may have a graded component. Some departments have chosen to have graded internships. In these cases, a letter grade (A – F) may be assigned for all or part of the experience and will impact the student grade point average. If you have a question as to whether your program or internship is one of the graded experiences, see your major requirements in the academic catalog or speak to the Assistant Director of Internships.
Regardless of the kind of internship taken, whether the student is part-time or full-time, degree-seeking or not, and regardless of the total number of credits taken at the college, Augustana awards a maximum of twelve (12) credits of internship to a student record. If a student wishes to participate in additional internship opportunities beyond the twelve credits, those credits will not count toward the 124 credits to graduate or a student may take the internship for zero credit.
Internships and Credits toward the Major and Degree
The academic department determines the maximum number of internship credits a student may count toward the major and if a staff member in CORE or a faculty member may supervise the internship. Students should see their academic advisor to determine how many credits are advised and if requirements toward the degree may be fulfilled with internship credits. Registered internships will appear on the official transcript. Internship credits are exempt from the departmental credit maximum hours that may be applied to the major.
Summer Internships take place after spring term graduation, meet all hourly requirements of the internship and conclude on or before the end of the summer session. In-progress grades are not permitted and all hours must be completed within the defined parameters of the academic term. Registration, tuition, fees and policies related to these internships will be applied to the summer record. Students must register for all internships by the procedures outlined below.
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 contact the Assistant Director of Internships in the Career Development Office with questions.
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Procedures for Internship Registration
Students must register for all internships through Handshake by published enrollment deadlines, (see a Career Coach for questions about the registration process). 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. Due to regulatory reporting requirements, registration for internships must meet all published enrollment deadlines.
Visit the Careers & Professional Development office in CORE for more information about finding and preparing for an internship.