Participate in internships to gain hands-on professional experience. Internships are a great way to get a foot in the door with local businesses. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that 82.5% of employers offer internships and 98% hire from their interns.
What is an Internship?
For a comprehensive definition and overview of internship, please refer to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Position Statement on U.S. Internships.
Who should do an Internship?
Any business student especially those who either do not have work experience or whose work experience is not in the field one hopes to get into after graduation.
Why do an Internship?
- An Internship is an opportunity to work in a business, agency, or organization before finishing college.
- It allows you to gain practical experience in what you hope to do after graduation.
- It also allows you to find out about a company's culture, if your values are compatible, and to determine if you would like to work there in the future.
- It allows you to meet the decision makers who may influence or assist your future career choices.
What would I do during an Internship?
Students work alongside the professionals at the business and are mentored by supervisors. Often students are assigned to work on special projects that allow them to put into practice the concepts and theory learned in the classroom. The level of responsibility they enjoy as an intern surprises many students. This opportunity offers much more than a work-study position or part-time job.
What is done during an internship will vary based on the amount of experience you bring to the internship, and your willingness to take on added responsibilities. The assignments vary from internship to internship, but you are encouraged to take on more challenges and responsibilities during each internship.
When should I do an Internship?
It is strongly recommended that ALL students complete at least one internship prior to graduation. Most undergraduate students do an internship during their junior or senior year although earlier is definitely a possibility. Internships may be taken for academic credit, but to do so requires that you apply for the credit BEFORE the start of the quarter. Undergraduate credits earned for internships do not meet Business School requirements, but may be used to fulfill general university elective credits.
*Please note: Many internships may not be available to you after you graduate.
How do I find an Internship?
Plan early and start early. Be sure that you have a resume and are ready to apply, as some internships are only open for a very short time. Internships with some of the larger employers are recruited for very early in the year, so investigate the hiring process of the companies where you are most interested in interning.
- To find out which companies advertise internships at Seattle University, use the Redhawk Network database. Log on to the Redhawk Network and you will be able to search the internship listings. Once you have found an internship that you are interested in, you will need to apply directly to the employer according to the application instructions.
- Identify other employers where you would like to work. Contact the employer directly or through your personal contacts to inquire about potential internships. Many employers list their internships on their organization websites.
- Make an appointment with a counselor in the APC to receive advice on your internship search by calling (206) 296-5687.
INTERNSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
How do I register for credit?
- If you wish to do the internship for academic credit, please meet with an APC Staff member and your Academic Advisor first. You can pick up an Internship For Credit packet from the APC, or online at the link below. You will also need an Internship Request Form, which is available at the link below, in our office, or at the Registrar.
- You cannot apply through SUOnline. You will register by completing the Internship Request Form which is processed by the Registrar.
Keep in mind that you should make all arrangements to apply for the credits prior to the start of the quarter. It is against policy to grant academic credit for work already completed. Also, you cannot apply for internship credit for your part-time job.
What are the credit and time commitments?
Undergraduates: May earn 1 - 5 credits for internship. A 1 - 3 credit commitment requires a minimum of 100 hours in a quarter. A 4 - 5 credit commitment requires a minimum of 150 hours in a quarter. The maximum number of credits you can earn for an internship is five (5) credits.
Graduates: May earn 1 - 3 credits for internship. A 1 credit commitment requires a minimum of 100 hours in a quarter. A 2 - 3 credit commitment requires a minimum of 150 hours. The maximum number of credits you can earn for an internship is three (3) credits.
- Internship for Credit Information Packet
- Internship Request Form, Redhawk Axis (click on Independent Study, Directed Study or Internship Request Form)
Frequently Asked Questions about Internships for Credit
If I take an Internship for Credit can I get paid?
Whether you get paid or not is up to your internship employer. You will be paying for the credits, so being paid by the company, or having them pay for the credits, may help you make this decision.
International Students: International Students may not get paid, with the following exception:
Exception: If your degree requires an internship, then you may get paid by the employer. This is called Curricular Practical Training (CPT). A CPT requires additional paperwork. Please check with our office for more information.
It is recommended that International Students talk with an International Student Center Advisor before making any decisions about Internships. Call (206) 296-6260 for information.
Do I have to take an Internship for credit?
There are a few employers who require students to receive academic credits for the internship. This is an exception and not the rule. The credits earned for internships go toward your general university electives and not your major. Decide if you will need the credits for graduation before deciding to register for credit.
Do I have to pay for the credits?
Just as with any other course attempted, you are required to pay for the credits at the regular tuition rate. There are a few employers who will reimburse you for the amount you pay for the credits, but this is usually instead of offering an hourly wage.
How is an Internship graded?
Internships are graded CR (Credit) or F (Fail). The CR grade is not averaged into your GPA and will not contribute toward the 90 credits required for graduating with honors. For more information, see your academic advisor.