Internship vs. Career Exploration


Semester long internships (fall, spring or summer) require at least junior status in order to receive academic credit. Internships are flexible in terms of how many hours a week you work ( from 10 hours per week to 35 hours per week) and how much academic credit you receive (from 0.5 credits to 3 credits). Your credit earned is determined by how many hours a week you intern. Please note that summer tuition are required to receive summer credit.

Career Exploration

Career Explorations are full-time opportunities to job shadow or intern that take place over the four weeks of January. The Interim Career Exploration requires at least sophomore status in order to receive academic credit. You must intern for 35-40 hours per week and you will receive one Interim academic credit for your experience. It is possible to participate in a Career Exploration at more than one site as long as the time requirement will be met between locations and it is approved by Career Development.


To participate in an Internship or Career Exploration you will need a faculty sponsor and a site supervisor. During the semester your faculty sponsor is typically your academic advisor. It is important that your faculty sponsor be familiar with the industry you are interning in. Career Exploration faculty sponsors are assigned for the month of January. Your site supervisor will be who you report to at your internship site. While you can work in a relative's office, they cannot be your site supervisor. Additionally, Career Development requires that you complete a few short assignments throughout your Internship or Career Exploration to facilitate reflection on your experience. Your faculty sponsor may assign additional work.



Time Commitment

Credit to Hours

Fall & Spring

14 weeks

10-40 hrs/wk

.5-1 credit=10

2 credits=20

3 credits=35+


Minimum 10 weeks


.5-1 credit=10

2 credits=20

3 credits=35+

Interim Career Exploration

4 weeks


1 credit=35+


Updated 10/1/13 CO