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How to Set up an Internship

Many employers make hiring decisions with recent graduates based on the professional experience that a student gains during an internship or other experiential learning. We strongly recommend completing two internships during your coursework, even if your major program does not require them.    

How internships work

An internship involves three partners: your Faculty Internship Advisor, the Internship Site Supervisor,  and the Internship Coordinator with Career Services.  Your Faculty Advisor is already assigned to you based on your major. Look at page 2 of the Internship Learning Contract Packet to identify your Faculty Internship Advisor. These partners work together to ensure that you have the best internship experience possible.  

Documents you will need

Single documents

Special documents

Steps to set up your internship

1. Log in to Handshake with your Net ID to update  your profile

Handshake is a fantastic way to manage your career objectives.  You can use Handshake to make appointments with us,  navigate internship postings, upload resumes and cover letters, apply for opportunities, and register for professional development and networking events. 

2. Find an internship site

Some companies may already have an internship program in place. Those internships are often posted in the employment section of the company's website. If you do not see any posted, do not hestitate to contact a company directly and ask them if they have internships available.  More general search resources are available here.

Networking opportunties

80% of jobs are never uploaded to search engines or job boards. Meeting and interacting with professionals is a good strategy for discovering internship opportunities and future careers.  Go to the Tips on Networking section for organizations that arrange networking events.  

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3. Complete your Internship Learning Contract

Once you have established a site that is willing to host you as an intern, you will need to begin the process of arranging for academic credit.

  1. Contact your Faculty Internship Advisor to make sure you have all necessary information.
  2. Fill out the Learning Contract with the site supervisor at your internship site.
  3. Returned the signed learning contract to Career Services.

4. Enroll for Credit

You must enroll for credit to complete an internship.  To finalize the process you must:

  1. Register for credit with by filling out your portion of the Special Course Approval/Registration Form.
  2. Give the form to your faculty internship advisor to sign off on.

Hourly commitment based on an 8 to 10-week period

1 credit   = 4 hours per week   = 32-40 hours per quarter
2 credits = 8 hours per week   = 64-80 hours per quarter
3 credits = 12 hours per week = 96-120 hours per quarter
4 credits = 16 hours per week = 128-160 hours per quarter
5 credits = 20 hours per week = 160-200 hours per quarter

5. Turn in your Evaluations at the specified times

You will be evaluated on your internship performance as a part of your grade.  At both  mid-term and finals week, you will turn in your evaluations to Career Services.  The evaluations are included in your packet. Deadlines are below.

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 School Year

Fall 2016

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Learning Contract: 10-3-17* Learning Contract: 1-22-18* Learning Contract: 4-13-18* Learning Contract: 7-6-18*
Midterm Evaluation: 10-25-17 Midterm Evaluation: 2-7-18 Midterm Evaluation: 4-25-18 Midterm Evaluation: 7-25-18
Final Evaluation: 11-29-17 Final Evaluation: 3-7-18 Final Evaluation: 5-30-18 Final Evaluation: 8-15-18
End of Internship End of Internship End of Internship

End of Internship

* =  SCARF form must be "signed" by the following date to avoid late registration fees.


Romeal Watson, Internship Coordinator, is your main contact regarding internship questions. He processes your internship paperwork and keeps an archive of your internship. Note, however, that each college has a Career Services Advisor assigned to them. These advisors have more in-depth knowledge as to what you may be looking for regarding your internship and career.

If you are unsure which college you belong to, please contact our main desk at  509.359.6365 to be connected with the career advisor that specializes in your discipline.

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