What is an Internship?
An internship is an academic program which allows you to apply classroom theories and skills in a real work experience. Internships can be credit-bearing or non-credit bearing and may be supervised by faculty or Career Services Representatives. They provide on-the-job experiences which are invaluable in preparing students for professional employment after graduation as well as assisting students in learning more about their intended career path.
Will I earn college credit for participating?
Internships can be credit-bearing or non-credit bearing. You may earn 1-6 credits for an internship, depending upon your major, the requirements of your major, the structure of the internship, and the number of hours and terms you work. Internship credit may be transferable to the majority of 4-years schools as elective credits. Interns are monitored by a faculty member and/or a Career Services Representative. Credit-bearing internships must fulfill all course requirements as assigned by faculty and will be graded by faculty. Employers are expected to complete evaluations on student interns during the semester.
Why should I participate?
- You’ll have three times more success in finding employment in your field of study after graduation than students who don’t.
- You’ll have the chance to apply the skills and theories you’ve learned in the classroom, to explore a career field, and to make important contacts in a diversified workplace.
- You’ll learn more about your intended career path.
- You’ll increase confidence and improve academic performance.
- It will build your network of professionals.
- And, build your resume!
Who is eligible?
If you are interested in participating in an Internship, you must meet program eligibility. All students must:
- Be Matriculated into a degree-seeking program.
- Have completed the number of courses and credits in your major required by the department
- Have the approval of an instructor in the student’s major, the Dean of the academic area, and a Career Services representative.
The internship experience requires completion of learning objectives, an employer evaluation, and an evaluation meeting with a Career Services representative.
Will I be paid?
Salaries for internships vary, and many internships are unpaid. All internships provide valuable learning situations in a work environment. It is helpful to remember that often your greatest “pay” will be in experience gained and contacts made.
How many hours must I work?
Depending on the number of credits you are earning, the work week could range from 5 hrs/week for 1 credit, to 15 hrs/week for 3 credits over a 15 week semester. For every credit that you earn, you must complete 75 hours at the internship site, so for 3 credits you will need to complete 225 hours at the internship site. There are exceptions to this under special circumstances, so check with your Career Services Representative about this.
What if I already have a job related to my major?
Check with the Career Services office to find out how you can qualify using your current job.
Where can I do an Internship?
There are many opportunities for you to complete an internship in businesses across the county and the state. Previous students have completed internships with leading television stations, publishing companies, county courthouses, the State Police, accounting firms, Disney College program, etc.
Most career and transfer programs offer an internship option. Contact Career Services for more information about where you can complete an internship!
Useful Internships Websites
Career Services • MAC Building, Room 105 • Brookdale Community College • 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 • P: 732-224-2792 • email@example.com