Most employers say that related work or intern experience is one of the key things they look for when hiring new graduates, and graduate schools often look for internship and work experience as well. Combining one or more internship learning experiences with your Augsburg education will serve you well. You will be able to:
- Apply what you learn in your courses, making connections between theory and practice
- Gain new knowledge, understanding, and skills
- Discover what you want to do, or don’t want to do as a potential career path
During your internship, you will be “in charge” of what you want to learn, and you and a faculty supervisor will negotiate your learning goals. Please review the process guide below for steps to take BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER an internship. Download a printable checklist.
* Indicates required components for internships taken “for-credit”.
Establish your goals.
- Attend an “Internship Information Session” in the Strommen Center to determine what options you have for internships and how to proceed.
- Consult with your departmental internship coordinator, department chair, or a faculty member if an internship is required for your major.
Begin your search for an internship site early.
- Check out our web resources to help you find an internship site.
- Set up a meeting with a career counselor to help you determine what type of internship would best meet your goals and interests.
Determine if your internship will be “for-credit” or “not-for-credit”.
- Certain majors and minors require that an internship be taken for-credit.
- Off-campus upper division internships done for-credit will automatically fulfill the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.
- If you decide to complete an internship for-credit, please note there are specific requirements as indicated by the * below
* Secure a faculty sponsor for the Internship.
- Secure a faculty sponsor from the department in which you want credit who will review your assignments and award the academic credit.
- Set up a meeting with the faculty to discuss your learning goals and the department criteria, expectations, and academic requirements.
- If you already have an internship site, have the faculty sponsor approve the placement.
* Register your Internship.
- Obtain the internship registration form online from the registrars office or in the Strommen Career and Internship Center.
- You must have a confirmed internship site before you are able to register your internship.
- Schedule a meeting with the Internship Coordinator in the Strommen Center to review internship requirements after receiving a faculty signature.
- Submit your completed registration form to the Registrar’s Office/Enrollment Center during the course registration period.
* Submit your Internship Learning Agreement online.
- The learning agreement is due by the end of the third week of the internship for semester internships, and by the end of the first week for summer internships.
- The Learning Agreement is the academic focus of your internship. In this online form you will specify and elaborate the academic and work goals and objectives, activities and strategies to achieve learning, target dates, and methods of evaluation.
- For assistance review the: Sample Internship Learning Agreement
- Consult with your faculty supervisor and work supervisor for specific academic requirements and work requirements.
- The Learning Agreement Plan, written by you, must be approved by your faculty supervisor and acceptable to the work supervisor.
- Complete your Internship Learning Agreement form online
Set expectations with your site supervisor.
- Discuss how often you will be meeting/checking in with your supervisor for feedback (1 per week is a minimum standard for adequate supervision).
- Determine what expectations the employer has for you as the intern.
- If completing an internship for-credit, be sure to review your Learning Agreement with your supervisor to ensure the feasibility of your goals and objectives.
Complete the agreed upon work and learning “assignments”.
- During the course of your internship keep a journal and/or portfolio of the work you have completed.
- Guidelines for keeping an Internship journal (required by most academic departments)
- Sample index for an Internship Portfolio (required by most academic departments)
* Evaluate your internship.
- During the final weeks of your internship, set up a meeting with your site supervisor to discuss what went well and areas to improve, you should both complete the following evaluation forms:
- Evaluations should be sent or brought to the Strommen Career and Internship Services office to be placed on file. Copies will be sent to your faculty sponsor.
* Submit your academic assignments.
- Turn in your internship portfolio, final reflection paper, and any other assignments to your faculty. The faculty sponsor will then complete an overall evaluation of the internship and grant the academic credit and grade.
- Many faculty also request a final meeting with you in person to discuss your internship.
Make the most of your experience.
- Update your resume.
- Ask for letters of recommendation or references from your supervisor.
- Connect with your supervisor and other professional contacts you met through LinkedIn.
- Write down examples of situations you dealt with on internship to use for future interviews.
- For additional tips on how to make the most of your recently completed internship, review the guide: Reflecting on your internship
(* Indicates required components for internships taken “for-credit”.)