Steps for Seeking Internships
The online orientation provides an overview of the credit-bearing internship process, what tools and resources are available to undergraduate students seeking internships and what some of the general requirements are when you secure an internship for credit. CLICK HERE to Print out the Credit-Bearing Internship Agreement and the Request for Credit-Bearing Internship form. CLICK HERE to complete the Online Orientation. Complete the quiz while you’re still at the computer as you may need to refer back to the orientation presentation.
NOTE: If you have already found an internship on your own, and would like to earn credits, you are still required to complete the online orientation. Make sure your department internship coordinator approves the company where you will intern, and the internship job description. Please note the internship may NOT be in an in-home business or virtual; Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) must be notified if it is an out-of-state internship and ELCM and Global Education & Partnerhipss must be notified if it is an international internship. Global Education & Partnerships has information sessions each semester that you must attend to gather all the necessary information and paperwork for an international internship.
Sign the Agreement
Complete the top part of the Request for Credit-BearingInternship form, sign it, and take it to your academic department. The Request for Credit-Bearing Internship must be signed by your department’s Faculty Internship Coordinator. Remember, your department's internship coordinator needs to approve the internship job description if you found it on your own. Have a conversation with your coordinator about how it fits into your academic program. Print out your Degree Audit to show that you have the required G.P.A. Return the Agreement and signed "Request for Credit-Bearing Internship" form to the Experiential Learning and Career Management. You will receive more information, including how to use our Web-based internship database, Career Connection. Once you have completed Steps 1-2, please turn in your forms along with a copy of your job description, name of your supervisor and her/his email and phone number. Go to step 7 if you found an internship on your own and accepted the position and your department approved it.
Create Your Profile in Career Connection and Upload Your Résumé
Follow the instructions provided in the folder to create a profile for Career Connection. Refer to the ELCM Resume Writing Guide (available online) for creating your internship resume which follows national standards for proper formatting. Once your profile is created, you may begin Step 4.
Finding a Credit-Bearing Internship
Using targeted search tools, select about 10 possible jobs from the Career Connection database. Other resources you may use are going directly to the employer web sites to earch for internships, too. Or use employment search tools such as Indeed.com or GlassDoor.com Then schedule an appointment with an internship counselor in ELCM to review the positions. Once your résumé is uploaded and we have determined which internships are a good fit for you, we will send your résumé to the employers in Career Connection. Our employers rate very highly with our students: 93% of our student interns from this past semester would recommend their employer to other students.
Employers contact YOU directly to schedule an interview. They may do a phone and/or face-to-face interview.
Follow-Up with Employers
You are strongly encouraged to follow up with employers to inquire about the status of your résumé. Contact our office to obtain a list of contacts for your follow up calls.
Accept the Position
Once you accepted the position, contact our office to sign up for a 30-minute registration session in the Bedford House and provide us with the job ID number found in Career Connection. If you found the internship on your own please provide the job description, name of your internship site & supervisor along with their contact information. All students must complete the face-to-face registration session to earn credits for the experience, even if you found the internship on your own. Step 7 is an important step, as this is how you register for credits. Please note you must pay for tuition for a credit-bearing internship. Millersville University consider the internship a course like any other. Therefore, you are required to pay tuition for enrolled credits. At the university level, significant resources are devoted to credit-bearing internships. ELCM, the department internship coordinators, faculty supervisors and other University personnel are involved in student credit-bearing internships from beginning to end. ELCM and the department internship coordinators advise students, evaluate internships, develop internship opportunities and information, review internship agreements, check pre-requisites and register students for the course. In addition, ELCM and the coordinators maintain contact with students and supervisors through e-mail, telephone, written reports and evaluations. When the semester comes to a close, ELCM and the coordinators review all materials submitted by students and supervisors, conduct meetings as needed and assign grades. Each semester, students confirm their credit-bearing internship was an essential part of their education. You may read what other students have told us by visiting the student testimonials page. Already completed an academic internship for credit and want to continue it for credit for another semester, you MUST provide ELCM and your departmental internship coordinator an updated job description showing increased responsibilities and/or different duties. Next, you need to sign up for a 30-minute registration session in the Bedford House so you receive academic credit for the second internship experience.