Internship approval process expanding section
  • When a student submits a “Request an Experience” survey through their Handshake account, the Internship Coordinator receives a notice and reviews the student’s internship information.
  • The faculty member listed by the student to be their faculty intern advisor will then be sent an email notice from Handshake notifying them they have an experience to approve. The email will contain a link to the experience approval form – no login is required.
  • Once this approval is given, an email notice will then automatically be sent to the department chair for approval (if this is required by the department).
  • After these approvals are completed, the Internship Coordinator will register the student for the internship course/credits.

PLEASE NOTE: We have had some issues with these email notices going to "Clutter" or "Junk". Please add the address notifications@joinhandshake.com to your address book to prevent this from happening. On some mobile devices it will appear in the "clutter" folder.

Work progress reports expanding section

In an effort to be help students to understand and value the nature of their internships, UWL Career Services chose to update the work progress report survey to reflect the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies.

  • Students are required to submit four Work Progress Reports (WPRs) during fall and spring semesters; three during the summer term; and two during the winter term. The reports are submitted as surveys through their Handshake account (using the Career Center tab).
  • With some work progress report questions, students are asked to complete the questions in a behavior-based format using the STAR method, recognized by many employers as the standard way to provide an example. Instructions can be found in the “Resource” section of Handshake for students. (using the Career Center tab). Students will be sent a Work Progress Report How To document at the start of each term.
  • Work progress report surveys will all be available to students at the start of the semester in their Handshake account. Since the length of internships can vary, students are asked to submit their reports at equal time intervals throughout the duration of the internship but they must have all submitted by the last day of classes for the term. It is the student’s responsibility to remember to submit these reports. Career Services recommends that students put reminders on their
    planners/schedules.
  • Weekly email notifications will be sent to faculty containing any work progress reports submitted by their intern advisees the previous week.
Additional information expanding section
  • Students should work 40 hours at the internship site for each academic credit they request. Career Services does not keep track of hours worked. Some employers require this of students, others do not. Faculty may ask students to submit a record of days/hours they worked at their internship.
  • On-site supervisors of interns will be sent evaluations at mid-semester and near the end of the semester. The internship coordinator will then forward these to faculty internship advisors.
  • Faculty intern advisors have the option to require additional papers or projects from student interns. These should be discussed with the student before the start of the internship and is an agreement between the student and the faculty intern advisor. Any additional work required by faculty should be submitted directly to the faculty.
  • Go here to learn more about internships.