What is an Academic Internship?

Experiential Learning and Career Management’s Academic Internship Program is one approach of experiential education which supports the University’s mission of providing diverse, dynamic, and meaningful experiences to inspire learners to grow both intellectually and personally; enabling them to contribute positively to local and global communities.  Millersville University recognizes that academic internship experiences are a valuable part of education, allowing students to engage in a professional experience at an organization while developing new skills and learning about a field or industry that complements classroom learning. The opportunity to apply theory to practice is treated like any other academic course where students can earn credit toward graduation.

Internship experiences are available to all Millersville University students who have:

  • A minimum 2.0 major GPA and overall GPA, some departments require a 2.5
  • Successfully earned 24 credits
  • Transfer students must have successfully earned 12 credits at Millersville.
  • Second degree students must have completed 12 credits at Millersville.
  • Declared a major and/or minor
  • Signed approval from that academic department’s Faculty Internship Coordinator.
  • Signed the agreement to complete the requirements and pay for the credits

How Our Program Works

Students in ELCM's Internship Program are earning academic credits for their internship experience. This means that the student must complete some minimum requirements in order to earn those credits:

  • All academic internships are completed for a minimum of 3 credits
  • Students are required to work over a period of 12 - 15 weeks, for at least 225 hours
  • Students must pay tuition (including summer internships)
  • Students must earn a favorable work evaluation from the employer
  • Have a minimum of five (5) contacts with the faculty internship supervisor establishing learning objectives, goal setting, providing progress reports and evaluating the experience
  • Write an outcome paper which is a reflection of the internship experience
  • Complete an evaluation/assessment of the academic internship experience
  • Complete any additional departmental assignments

Benefits of an Internship

Academic Credit 

  • Internships provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge and to strengthen their professional work habits.
  • Academic internships are part of the total learning experience, giving a student's academic program a sense of reality and relevance.
  • Many employers, colleges, and universities don’t consider an internship real unless it receives course credit through an academic institution. 

Real Work/World Experience

  • Academic internships provide the opportunity for students to gain greater insight into their chosen career, allowing students to explore different work environments and organizational cultures. 
  • Provides the environment to learn how to interact with diverse personalities, assisting them with strengthening or redirecting their career choices. 

Explore a Career

  • Internships may also confirm or redirect career decision-making through on-the-job experience in a chosen field.
  • Well-planned and well-executed internships offer students a chance to gain first-hand knowledge of an organization and an industry, helping them focus their career goals and acquire valuable job skills and work experiences. 

Networking and Connecting

  • Internships are an excellent source of meeting professional people in your field and making connections that may pay off in the future.  Those connections create the potential for regular employment after the internship ends.

    Students: Start Now!

    Your first step is to complete the Online Orientation.  It is recommended that you start the internship process one semester prior to your internship experience. Click here to learn about internship opportunities, requirements and strategies.

    Employers: Click here to learn more about the academic internship program
    Faculty: Click here to learn about your role with internships

    Questions? Contact Us!