The internship program at Central Methodist University is designed to extend student learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting into professional work environments. Internships allow students to earn academic credit while undertaking planned, professionally supervised work experiences related to their on-campus academic programs and career interests.
The program is structured to benefit both students and sponsoring organizations. An internship is arranged in advance to coincide with the fall or spring academic semesters or summer term. An internship is a carefully monitored work experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. These goals may include:
- Academic learning - the individual can apply and test knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace.
- Career development - the individual can explore a specific field of interest, gaining knowledge of the qualifications and duties involved in a particular position.
- Skill development - the individual gains an understanding of the skills and knowledge required for success in the workplace.
- Personal development - the individual gains decision-making skills, critical thinking skills, increased confidence and self-esteem.
Requirements for Credit
An initial meeting with your academic Internship Adviser is required to arrange the amount of hours needed to receive a specific number of credit hours. The Career Development Center has great resources to help you look for Internships. To get ideas about what internships are out there, refer to Handshake or Career EXPOs from years past to see what those employers have to offer.
Why Participate in an Internship?
Many employers and graduate schools look for students with prior career-related experiences such as an internship. Some of these opportunities may be unpaid; however all will help you develop the skills and competences needed in your field. Internships will provide great networking opportunities and might even lead to a full time position.
- Add to your knowledge and skills related to your discipline and/or anticipated career field.
- Enhance your academic study by trying out in a "real world" context, what you have learned in the classroom.
- "Try on" a career without making a long term commitment.
- Establish contacts in a field where you may be job hunting after graduation.
- Practice professional behavior and learn how organizations function.
- Gain the work related experience that employers value and strengthen your candidacy for jobs after graduation.
- Achieve personal growth and build confidence as you take on new challenges.
- Practice employment interviewing skills and going through the hiring process.
- Experience being an independent learner and self-starter.
- Internship Information Form
- Student Internship Agreement Form
- Internship Memorandum of Understanding Form
- Internship Self Evaluation Form (Optional-at the discretion of the Faculty Internship Advisor)
- Internship Intern Evaluation Form (Optional-at the discretion of the Faculty Internship Advisor)
- Final Internship Self Evaluation Form
- Final Intern Evaluation Form