An Honors Program internship is intended for juniors and seniors in the University Honors Program who have demonstrated quality performance in their academic areas of specialization and who desire the practical experience of an internship.
Junior or senior standing in University Honors Program and approval of College Coordinator and/or Honors Program Director.
The internship may be a paid or unpaid position. However, the internship should be a worthwhile educational experience for both student and employer. Ideally, the internship should be on a project basis, as the student contracts for the term of any given semester. An on-campus and off-campus contact person or advisor is recommended.
If in business, the internship should be at the mid to upper management level; in a government agency, an educational institution, or other nonbusiness oriented position, the internship should allow the student more than clerical and/or minor routine experiences. It is hoped each student will have one person to whom she/he is responsible and who will then evaluate the intern. This individual would serve as a liaison with the University Honors Program.
Each institution or firm has the right to make the final decision regarding which students, if any, will intern with them. Likewise, each firm or institution will evaluate the student intern in the same way it evaluates its own personnel in terms of "performance appraisal." Ultimately, we would like the institution or firm to answer the question "Would you hire this student?"
The Honors internship may be taken from three to six credit hours per semester, depending upon the number of hours a student works. The range of hours per week is from 12 to 30. The working arrangement and hour agreement will be approved by the student, the firm or institution involved, and the University Honors Program Director.
The experiences of an internship should provide experiential learning; there may be a traditional academic presentation that will offer self evaluation, evaluation of the work experience, and evaluation of the theoretical preparation of the student.
The grading process will be a result of the input of the "performance evaluation," a paper, if one is required, and the supervisory personnel involved.
Student and supervisor/employer should be aware of the responsibilities involved.