General Internship Information

What is an internship?
“Internship" is the term SSU uses to describe two things:
1. It is the rubric under which academic credit is awarded for experiential learning, which takes place outside the classroom, i.e. “Anthropology 499, Internship.” These can be found in the schedule of classes each semester.
2. It is also a generic term which describes an extracurricular para-professional or pre-professional experience, designed as a result of close consultation with a faculty advisor and sometimes in consultation with an academic/career counselor, to support a student’s academic and/or career goals. The purposes of the internship experiences are to apply skills and knowledge gained as a part of the academic experience within an employment setting and to clarify career goals.

What is the Internship or Study Away requirement?
The Internship or Study Away requirement, often preceded by a semester of independent study related to the placement, allows students to include, as part of their major, experiences as diverse as (1) a period of domestic or international study and travel; (2) an independent project in a nearby community; (3) an internship with a local arts organization, business, school, or social service agency; (4) substantial involvement in a program with another department on this or some other campus; or (5) other options and activities created by the student in consultation with an advisor.

How many units may a student accrue for an internship?
That depends on how the faculty internship advisor assesses the quality of the work experience AND the number of hours spent on that internship. It is a combination of these factors as determined by the faculty advisor. The standard is at least 3 hours per week for 15 weeks per unit of academic credit, or 45 hours per unit.

What is the grading basis for internships?
In the Hutchins School, you must receive a grade rather than receive credit/no credit.

Where can internship information be found?
Many Hutchins students are able to find information on internships through existing connections within the community, sometimes by pursuing a particular personal interest or course of study. Hutchins faculty members may also be able to help guide students toward organizations or establishments that would benefit from student interns. All tenured/tenure track faculty may sponsor internships. You may also wish to investigate the opportunities in the Career Center on the first floor in Salazar Hall. The Career Center's internship page is good resouce to use, as well.

Internships can be invaluable for students wanting to connect both
academic knowledge and professional experience.