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Internship & Augsburg Experience FAQs

If you are thinking about doing an internship, check out some of the most Frequently Asked Questions below.  If you have additional questions, please make an appointment to speak with a career coach in Handshake.

Does my internship satisfy the Augsburg Experience?

  • If you complete an off-campus upper division internship for-credit that will automatically satisfy the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.
  • If you would like to use an internship not-for-credit to fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement, please meet with Sandy Tilton in the Strommen Center prior to beginning your internship to have your experience approved and set learning goals.

 Can I be paid for my internship?

  • Internships done for academic credit may be paid or unpaid.
  • Some internships that are unpaid may require you to take them for-credit.

I’m an international student, are there additional steps needed to register my internship?

  • International students in F-1 status wishing to complete a paid off-campus internship opportunity, must register their internship for academic credit and apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) prior to beginning an internship experience. For additional information on regulations for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Employment page or contact an ISSS Advisor.
  • Unpaid internships in your field of study can be used to fulfill your Augsburg Experience graduation requirement. Paid internships for credit will also satisfy the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.

How am I graded on my internship?

  • Internships may be graded on a Traditional or P/N basis. In some departments, internships are graded on the P/N basis only.
  • At the beginning of the  internship you will write Learning Goals to outline the academic expectations for the internship, this must be approved by your faculty supervisor.  Most faculty require students to complete a daily/weekly journal, an extensive final reflection paper, a portfolio, final evaluations, and other assignments as related to the major.  The faculty awards a grade or pass based on how the student meets the expectations outlined in the Learning Goals.

 How many credits can I receive for completing an internship?

  • Students can receive 4 credits or 2 credits for an internship.
    • 4 credits involves a minimum time commitment of 160 total hours (on average, 12 hours per week).
    • credits requires a minimum time commitment of 80 total hours
  • Internships registered for credit are counted in your semester course load, you can have up to 19 credits per semester without additional charge.

How many internships can I do?

  • Student can complete up to 16 credits of internship courses to count towards graduation.
    • If a student wants to complete additional credit at the same internship site, the site must offer new learning opportunities.
    • Students can complete as many internships (not for credit) as desired.

When should I start looking for an internship site?

  • Most employers begin recruiting one season ahead (ex. employers will hire at the beginning of fall semester for a spring internship).
  • Some employers (particularly large companies) with competitive internship programs start hiring interns up to 9 months in advance.
  • Check out our online resources for links to find internship opportunities.

Can I get academic credit for an internship I completed in the past?

  • No, academic credit is awarded for intentional learning achieved, not for the work experience alone.
  • If you want academic credit, you need to register your internship at the beginning of the experience and work with a faculty member in setting up learning goals and assignments to complete during the internship.

Can I use my job for an internship?

  • There are cases where a part-time or full-time job could be used as an internship.  Prerequisites include:
    • You need to have opportunity to learn something new above and beyond your past responsibilities, you cannot get credit for work performed in the past.  For most people this means taking on an extra project or doing work for a different division.
    • The work needs to be related to your major
    • Your supervisor must be supportive of this as a learning opportunity.
  • The site must be approved by a faculty adviser and department chair in order to be considered an academic internship.

How do I know what course number to register for?

  • Internship course numbers are based on if the internship is on-campus or off-campus, how many credits you are taking, and if it is a lower or upper division credit.
  • In most academic departments, students can register for either lower division or upper division credit for internships.
    • Upper division internships are closely connected to students’ majors and are done in the junior or senior year.
    • Lower division internships allow for an academically connected career exploration experience during freshman or sophomore year.
On Campus (2 credit) On campus (4 credit) Off Campus (2 credit) Off Campus (4 credit)
Lower Division 198 196 197 199
Upper Division 398 396 397 399

INTERNSHIP & AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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Submit Learning Goals

  • Completed form due within 3 weeks from internship start date.
  • Preview the questions before filling out the online form.
  • PSY 400 & SOC 399 students will complete their learning goals in class. All others will fill out the following form.
  • Learning Goals Form.

Final Internship Evaluations

  • As you wrap up your internship, final evaluations will be emailed directly to you and your site supervisor to complete two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
  • Please contact the Strommen Center if you would like your evaluations sent earlier – strommen.internships@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1148.

Reflection Assignment

  • 2 or 4 credit internships: your faculty supervisor will determine the assignments and due dates.
  • 0 credit Augsburg Experience: you will turn in a final reflection paper at the end of the semester. Check your Moodle course for instructions and due dates.

 

FUTURE OF WORK FELLOWS

The Strommen Center team has worked with the regional economic development organization, GREATERMSP, over the past several years to support building access to opportunity for emerging talent. ConnextMSP is a new strategic initiative of GREATERMSP and is intended to continue to provide opportunities for alumni of college to career readiness programs like Genesys Works, Right Track, and Step Up. Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center, is one of the co-captains of the early career intervention team.

This spring, ConnextMSP welcomed the first cohort of “Future of Work” Fellows. This talented group of young professionals of color will work with organizational leaders across the region to build and launch ConnextMSP, focused on transforming the early career system in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) region. Two Augsburg University students, Gabriel Ijjo and Sumaiya Azeez, were selected to be members of this first cohort.

 

Augsburg student Gabriel IjjoGabriel Ijjo

B.A Political Science

Minor International Business & International Relations 2021

Ciresi Walburn Scholarship Cohort 2019

“I wanted to join the ConnextMSP Future of Work Fellowship for several reasons. One notable reason is the support and potential to develop great relationships with employers and leaders throughout Minnesota. The second reason is due to the opportunity for career building and being able to learn from others above me. Lastly, I wanted to join the fellowship because I know that this work will help to tear down the many barriers that impede BIPOC individuals today.”

 

Sumaiya Azeez

Augsburg student Samaiya Azeez

 

B.A Communications Studies, Minor Marketing, 2022

Certified Direct Support Professional, Genesis Group Homes

“I wanted to gain a mentorship experience while connecting and networking with the BIPOC community who is very underrepresented in the workforce and professional field. I would like to gain insight on ways I can contribute to helping overcome these barriers and give BIPOC an equal opportunity as well as a stepping stone into the professional world.”

 

 

 

 

 

The ConnextMSP Future of Work Fellowship is a leadership opportunity for young professionals launching their careers in MSP. During this 6-month paid professional experience, Fellows will help re-design early career recruiting, hiring, and onboarding practices in MSP. Fellows will expand their professional opportunities by building relationships with top employers in the region, and accessing tailored career development and mentorship.

Members of the ConnextMSP coalition — including top MSP employers, colleges and universities and career pathway programs — are working to address systemic barriers that young people of color face when launching their careers. Fellows will work alongside these organizations so their voices and perspectives are at the center of regional solutions to better recruit, hire and support thousands of their peers.

 

Augsburg Works – Invest In An Auggie

Internships are essential for Augsburg students in order to gain valuable professional development, understanding of their desired career pathway, and to earn income to afford school and related expenses. In fact, the majority of employers prefer to hire a college graduate who has had an internship. 

However over this past year students lost work opportunities or were unable to secure them because of COVID-19. In a survey that went out to students at the end of the 2020 spring semester we found:

  • 54% of students lost their work opportunity during early weeks of the pandemic
  • 61% of students were still looking for their summer opportunity at the end of the spring semester

Thanks to all those who participated in the Strommen Center’s Augsburg Works – Invest In An Auggie Give to the Max Day Campaign. These funds will support internships and experiential opportunities in 2021.

 

Thanks to students Samantha Lopez, Willington Gahona, and Berlynn Bitengo for sharing the impact of their internships.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. Makes $50,000 Grant to Augsburg University 

 

EDGE Scholars

Minneapolis – The Travelers Companies, Inc. has provided Augsburg University with $50,000 to support the Travelers EDGE Scholars Program at Augsburg University.

 

Augsburg University has been participating in the Travelers EDGE Scholars Program since its creation in 2007. In the twelve years Augsburg University has participated in the Travelers EDGE Scholars Program, over 100 students have graduated from Augsburg University as EDGE Scholars.

 

EDGE Scholars benefit from a broad range of support services provided by The Travelers Companies, Inc., including: generous scholarship support, career and business advice, internships and job shadowing, and professional development workshops.

 

Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment) provides a unique, holistic approach to education for underrepresented students. Through partnerships with colleges, universities and community-based organizations, Travelers EDGE increases access to higher education and provides students with opportunities to excel. The program helps students progress through middle and high school curriculum in preparation for post-secondary education, building a strong pipeline of future leaders to colleges and beyond. By increasing the number of students who complete post-secondary education, The Travelers Companies, Inc. helps communities to be successful in meeting their own demand for a skilled workforce, sustained economies and improved quality of life.

 

Current EDGE Scholar and Augsburg junior, Samantha Lopez, who just completed a summer internship at The Travelers Companies, Inc. said this about the program: “Travelers has opened so many doors for me. The financial assistance from my Travelers scholarship helps me to cover my academic expenses so I am able to focus on academics and participate in different leadership opportunities on campus. For my internship, Travelers offered me the opportunity to explore different work environments–both human resources and operations–so now I have a better idea of what kind of career I want to pursue after graduation. It was amazing to learn first-hand what goes on inside a corporation and find out I can do the work. Travelers has provided me with the support, skills and confidence I need to pursue a business career.”

 

The Travelers Companies, Inc. and Augsburg University have formed a longstanding partnership around their shared commitment to educating underrepresented students. Augsburg University is one of the most diverse colleges in the state of Minnesota. Augsburg University’s mission is to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders.

The Importance of Self-care

self care

 

Due to COVID-19 we know many of you have lost your summer opportunity whether that was a job, internship, research, or volunteer experience. We know this loss is difficult and complicated because it may have put you in financial hardship, interrupted progress towards your academic goals, disrupted your career advancement, and just left you with nothing to do this summer. That is a lot. 

We recommend taking some time to focus on self-care. Loss of a job or internship is stressful because of the loss of income and also because of the loss of sense of purpose and progress towards career and academic goals. Here are our top 10 favorite ways to practice self-care this summer:

  1. Create a gratitude list and jot down a list of things you are grateful for.
  2. Get out into nature for a short walk, bike ride, or find a quiet place to sit and let your mind wander.
  3. Meditate – Taking a few minutes to clear your mind of various stressors can be a great way to help you improve your focus and mental health. 
  4. Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, or listen to your favorite album, or podcast.  
  5. Dedicate time to a hobby (or find a new one) like drawing, dancing, writing, cooking – anything you can enjoy doing without feeling stressed. 
  6. Get enough sleep – Studies show getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your workouts. 
  7. Watch a funny video – laughter can increase serotonin levels.
  8. Text or call a friend, family member, or loved one to have a conversation. 
  9. Exercise – Research shows that exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood, and help you sleep better.
  10. Spend an hour technology free.  

 We encourage you to visit the Center for Wellness and Counseling’s site for additional self-care resources.

The Strommen Career and Internship Center is here to support you no matter the reason you lost a summer opportunity and we encourage you to make an appointment with us on Handshake and check out the resources available on our Community Moodle site.

Setting Up Your LinkedIn for Success

 

LinkedIn for Success

LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented networking website geared specifically towards professionals. It has over 500 million members, in over 200 countries. According to Rycraft (2018), “A professionally written LinkedIn profile allows you to create an online professional brand which can help open doors to opportunities and networks that you may not have been aware of without the help of social media.” (para. 1). 

LinkedIn offers students opportunities for professional networking, connecting, and job searching. In addition, companies use LinkedIn for recruiting and sharing company information with prospective employees. Use the Strommen Career and Internship Center’s LinkedIn Profile Checklist to get started: 

  • Photo: It doesn’t have to be fancy. Take the photo in front of a plain background, wear a nice shirt, and don’t forget to smile!
  • Headline: Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you want to do in the future.
  • Summary: Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.
  • Experience: List the jobs you’ve held (even if they were part-time), along with what you accomplished at each. Be sure to include photos and videos from your work!
  • Organizations: Have you joined any clubs or participated in any activities at Augsburg University or external of Augsburg? Describe what you did with each organization.
  • Education: Starting with college, list all the educational experiences you’ve had – including summer programs.
  • Volunteer Experience and Causes: Even if you weren’t paid for a job, list it! Employers and graduate admissions officers often see volunteer experience as just as valuable as paid work.
  •  Skills and Experience: Add at least five key skills – and then your connections can endorse you for the things you’re best at.
  • Honors and Awards: If you earned an honor/award in or out of school, share it!
  • Courses: List the classes that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.
  • Projects: Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.
  • Recommendations: Ask managers, professors, or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a professional recommendation on your behalf. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills. 

Whether you’re creating your LinkedIn profile for the first time or updating your LinkedIn profile, the Strommen Team is here to help! Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake or email careers@augsburg.edu. A recording of the wildly successful “Setting Up Your LInkedIn for Success” webinar is also available for viewing on our Strommen Career and Internship Center Moodle Community Site.

Learn and Develop Skills with Coursera

 

Coursera Skill Development

It is important to continue to learn and develop skills even if you are not able to get a job or internship over the summer. Wondering where to start? Enroll in a free online course or training module through Coursera. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans.

Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top business and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs. 

For example, students can earn certificates from Google, IBM, and Cisco in such areas as architecture, IT support and SAS programming to prepare for entry-level technology jobs. There’s also room for personal interests, including languages, arts and humanities. Coursera’s most popular course, called the Science of Well-Being, is taught by a professor at Yale University.  

The Coursera platform can be used on mobile phones and is available in multiple languages. For those without internet access at home, the courses can be downloaded and accessed offline. 

If you are a Minnesota resident and have interest in using Coursera, you must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 31,2021 and they will be available for a fee after that. Enroll at https://www.careerforcemn.com/coursera

 For more information, please review the following resources: Connecting You With Career-Focused Learning Opportunities and Out of work? Looking for a better job? The state will pay for online classes

If you are interested in other job training or career exploration opportunities or want to learn more about what training or education pathways are right for you, schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake or email careers@augsburg.edu.  

New Major & Career Exploration Planning Tool for Students

focus2career

The Strommen Center for Meaningful work is committed to helping you identify the paths that will help you find work that is meaningful to you – work that sustains and fuels you – and that aligns with who you are, your needs, and your situation. It is for these reasons we are proud to present FOCUS 2 CAREER! 

FOCUS 2 CAREER is a career & education planning system that guides you through a reliable, intuitive career & education decision making model to help you choose majors offered at Augsburg, explore occupations & make informed career decisions. 

You also have access to five reliable and valid research based self-assessments.  Your assessment results are matched to occupations and supporting majors at Augsburg.

To access FOCUS 2 CAREER and create an account, please visit https://moodle.augsburg.edu/moodlecommunity/course/view.php?id=1095.  

We also encourage you to schedule a Major & Career Exploration appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

Don’t Have a Job? Build Professional Skills and Knowledge Anyway!

 

Build Skills and Knowledge

It is important to build your skills and knowledge even if you are not able to get a job or internship over the summer. Learn how to code, write short stories, or join a professional network. Whatever you decide to do this summer it will be important that you are able to articulate what you did, learned, and developed to future employers. When they look at your resume they may ask you “what did you do during the 2020 COVID-19 summer?”, be sure to have an answer ready for them. 

Here are the Strommen Career & Internship Center’s top recommendations for self-directed and directed learning this summer:

Self-directed

  • Read – history, biographies, local authors, or check out Business Insider’s list of 100 books everyone should read in their lifetime. You could even consider starting a virtual book club. 
  • Focused Reading – Research and read the books and journals suggested that everyone in your profession should read, ask faculty members for their recommendations.
  • Explore your creative side – through photography, writing, sewing, knitting, website design, painting, baking, cooking, music, etc. 
  • Start a blog or podcast – Improve your oral and written communication skills, explore topics of interest, partner with a friend or try it out on your own 

Directed

  • Volunteer – Consider volunteering virtually with Catchafire. Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.
  • Upgrade to a trial month of LinkedIn Premium and enjoy 30 days of free learning courses 
  • Meetup.com – Join a local group to meet people, try something new, or do more of what you love. 
  • Look for free webinars and MOOCs 

If you have questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Strommen team. You can always make an appointment with our coaches on Handshake and you can also email careers@augsburg.edu