What is an internship? Where can I find more information?
The best way to learn more about doing an internship is to attend one of the internship information sessions sponsored by the Career Services Office. In addition, this list of questions has been created to help you find the answers to many of your questions. Career Services staff members are also more than willing to answer any questions you may have about internships.
What are the benefits of doing an internship?
Is there a tuition charge?
If you are doing an internship to earn academic credit, the same tuition fee is charged as if you were taking a class for that number of credits. This may mean that you don’t have to pay anything additionally if you are enrolled as a full-time student and the extra credits for your internship will not exceed 18 credit hours. However, during the summer you will need to pay the amount per credit as set by the University.
How much do internships pay?
The wage rate for internships varies greatly by field and individual organization. There is no set amount that can be expected for all interns. There are also some employers, oftentimes not-for-profit organizations that do not pay student interns. Remember, the primary goal of an internship is to gain valuable experience that will help you get a better sense of the “real-world” and may give you an advantage when you begin to search for jobs after graduation.
How long do internships last?
Ultimately, the decision for how long an internship lasts is determined by your internship employer. Generally, internships are usually part-time during the semester and full-time during the summer. However, some students choose to do internships full-time during the semester as well. It is important to work out these details early on in your search for an internship because some companies require a full-year commitment for internships.
How many hours do I have to work to earn credit(s)?
Typically, one credit is equal to 40 hours of work or more. However, the employer determines the duration of the internship regardless of the amount of credit. Depending on major requirements, you can earn between 1 and 15 credits for an internship. Please talk a Career Services staff member about your specific situation.
Can I earn credit for an internship that I did in the past?
You cannot receive credit for an internship that was previously completed. University policy dictates that students must be at their internship site during the term for which they are registered for academic credit.
(For international students) What are the differences between an internship, curricular practical training, and optional practical training?
Help! I forgot my login/password for Eagle Opportunities.
Your username for the Eagle Opportunities system is your 9-digit student ID number. The default password for all accounts is the last 4 digits of your student ID number. If you have changed your password and have forgotten it, click the “Forgot your password?” link on the sign-on screen. Your password will be reset and an email with the new information will be sent to the email address listed in the system (your 8.4 UWL email address unless you have changed this information). If your email has changed (after graduation, for example), call Career Services at 785-8514 to update your record.
When should I start exploring internship opportunities?
It is never too early to start preparing and searching for internships. Begin by attending an Internship Information Session. At the session you will learn ways to prepare yourself to compete for successful internships. Students are encouraged to begin their internship search during their sophomore year.
How can I better prepare myself for an internship?
The key to landing a competitive internship is to begin preparing early. As soon as you come to campus, you should begin to work towards making yourself an outstanding candidate. This includes maintaining high grades as well as taking part in other activities and organizations that will help set you above others when it comes time to apply for internships-especially those that are extremely competitive.
When should I start applying for internships?
The following schedule is the general timeline of when internships are posted in our system. However, the earlier you begin searching, the more opportunities you are likely to find.
Are there prerequisites that must be met before I can apply for an internship?
The answer to this question depends on whether or not you plan to do an internship for academic credit.
What resources are available to help me locate and apply for internships?
Who do I talk to in Career Services about internships?
For questions regarding how to obtain an internship, you should talk with the adviser assigned to your area of study:
Can I get an internship outside the Midwest?
Employers are often very loyal to local students, so these are generally quite competitive positions for students from other parts of the country. If you are searching for an internship outside of the Midwest, it is important to schedule an individual meeting with your Career Services adviser.
Can I get an international internship?
If you are interested in doing an international internship outside of the U.S., you should contact the International Education Office located in 1209 Centennial Hall.
I have accepted an internship position. What should I do next?
After you have accepted an internship position, the next step is to see Maureen Wilson in Career Services to begin the internship credit approval process. Her hours are 7:45 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. No appointment is needed.
How do I receive credit for my internship?
The prerequisites that must be met before an internship vary greatly by department. Because of these differences, you should look at the University Catalog for listings of the prerequisites for your specific area of study.
Why do I need a faculty advisor?
In addition to working with their assigned adviser in the Career Services Office, students must also work with a faculty member of the department for which they are getting academic credit. Your internship faculty advisor is not necessarily the same as your academic adviser. You should choose a faculty member in the department for which you will be getting internship credit. This will allow you to get the most out of your internship experience.
What do I do if my internship forms will be late?
It is important to make sure that your forms are turned in on time to ensure that you will receive credit for your internship. However, if you know that you will be unable to turn in your forms by the assigned deadline, please contact Maureen Wilson in the Career Services Office so she is able to make arrangements for your specific case.
What do I do if I am experiencing difficulties at my internship site?
The following situations should be communicated and dealt with as soon as possible to avoid more serious problems:
What do I do if I do not receive a grade for my internship?
Your grade (letter grade or pass/fail depending on the internship credit for which you are eligible and registered) will be submitted at the end of the semester by your internship faculty adviser. If there is a problem with your grade, you must contact your internship faculty adviser directly. Career Services is not responsible for submitting grades.