While On A For-Credit Internship


Key Touchpoints

There will be 3 key touchpoints while you are on a for-credit internship:

  1. At the start of the term, you will receive an email outlining how to make the most of your opportunity and reminding you of important deadlines.

  2. At the midpoint of the term, CPD will check in to see how things are going. You will receive an email with a link to complete a short survey.

  3. At the end of the term, you will be reminded to submit your grading requirements. See below for more information.


Practicing Professionalism

A large part of your internship experience includes practicing and strengthening professional behavior. Below are some tips:

  1. Dress professionally and appropriately for the work environment where you are interning.

  2. Be prepared. Show up to meetings with a notebook and pen, always take notes to remember information and instructions, and have your part of the project prepared.

  3. Understand the company’s policies and procedures, and ask for clarification if needed.

  4. Adhere to a work schedule determined by you and your supervisor and be on time!

  5. Consider information and projects confidential.

  6. Stay positive and maintain a good attitude :) People notice and remember the intern with the friendly demeanor.

  7. Keep phones on silent and avoid doing personal work. Remember, you are there to learn and absorb everything you can. Be fully present and avoid distractions.

  8. Take Initiative! We hear this advice from employers all the time.

    - Ask to be on a project that interests you.
    - Ask to attend meetings and events.
    - Ask questions… you are not expected to know everything!


    LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN WHILE YOU ARE THERE.


Fulfilling the Grading Requirements

Academic credit for internships will be assigned by the student’s Department Chair and will be awarded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. To receive a Satisfactory grade for an internship course, the student must satisfy the expectations and requirements outlined below.

Students engaging in internships are expected to practice general professional behavior at their internship sites, including

  • abiding by the professional practices and workplace culture of the internship site;

  • fulfilling the duties and responsibilities outlined in the offer letter and expected by the employer;

  • successfully completing all agreed upon hours by setting up and adhering to a work schedule;

  • maintaining open communication with regard to schedule changes, running late, or any other concern that may arise; and

  • practicing strong interpersonal skills and working well with others.

Students must also complete the following forms on ArtCenter Connect by Friday, Week 13.

Hour Log

Log your hours on a weekly basis. Your total hours will be approved by your supervisor at the end of the internship.

 
 

Midpoint Check-in

You will receive an email Week 7 of the term with a link to complete the Midpoint Check-in survey. You can also access this survey in your Internship Record.

 
 

Internship Reflection

You will receive an email Week 11 of the term with a link to complete your Internship Reflection. You can also access this form in your Internship Record. You have the option to Save as Draft and finish at a later time.

 
 

Intern Evaluation

This evaluation must be completed by your internship supervisor. Supervisors will be emailed a direct link to complete the Intern Evaluation. It is your responsibility to check in with your supervisor to make sure they have submitted it by the deadline.

NOTE: Some internships may end after the deadline to submit the grading requirements. ALL requirements must still be submitted by the Week 13 deadline in order for your Department Chair to input grades for the semester. If you miss the deadline, you will need to connect with your department directly.


Wrapping up Your Experience:

After being immersed in an organization for 3 or 6 months, it’s nice to get closure once the internship ends.

Here are some things you can do to wrap up your experience:

  1. Schedule a closing conversation with your supervisor. This allows you to get feedback on your performance, learn about where your strengths are, and identify areas you may want to continue developing.

  2. Send a formal thank you email. Show your supervisor and others at the organization that you are grateful for having this experience.

  3. Ask for a letter of recommendation. If you have a good relationship with your supervisor or another colleague at your internship, ask them if they would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation or request a recommendation on LinkedIn.

  4. Ask to use work in your portfolio. Have a conversation with your supervisor and clarify what work, if any, you are able to show.

  5. Complete necessary paperwork. Fill out any forms that the company requires in addition to the forms you need for CPD. Review the Grading Requirements section above for more information.

  6. Don’t slack off. Even though your time at your internship is coming to an end, still give 110% and leave your colleagues with any information they may need to continue the work you had been completing.

  7. Return any company property. Make sure anything you’ve used during your internship is returned to the organization before you leave.

  8. Collect business cards. Ask members of the organization if you can stay in touch with them even after the internship. Ask to connect with them on LinkedIn. Add these contacts to your Research Strategy template.

  9. Update your resume. Add this internship experience to your resume while it’s fresh in your mind. See our Resume Writing resources for examples.

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