Test drive your career
An internship is a well-planned learning experience that combines career development and academic learning. Internships may be paid or unpaid and some may be available for academic credit. However, an internship is not a chance to get academic credit for your current part-time job. Unlike many part-time jobs, internships should help you apply your classroom learning in the real-world. If you’re only making copies and filing, chances are, you are not learning.
In today’s competitive job market, internships are one of the best ways to test-drive your career. Internships help you connect your academic studies to the real world, learn about yourself and provide valuable information about the world around you. Our unique location in Atlanta offers extraordinary opportunities to gain valuable work experience in any field. Oglethorpe students have recently completed internships at The Carter Center, CNN, Georgia Pacific, Atlanta Magazine, Zoo Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, and the Georgia State Legislature, to name only a few. In addition to these Atlanta-based internships, the A_Lab has resources and affiliations with nationwide opportunities, such as the Washington Center in Washington, D.C..
Current OU students completing internships for credit this summer are eligible for tuition discounts! Learn more.
How to get an internship
If you choose not to seek academic credit, you do not need to apply and have your internship approved. However, you still need to register your internship with the A-Lab. The internship requirements (2.0 GPA, sophomore status) are waived if you do not wish to receive academic credit. Non-credit internships may begin and end at any time and don’t need to be structured around the academic calendar or the drop/add dates. However, you and your supervisor should agree on a suitable length of time. At least three months is recommended.
Complete the Internship Registration Form (and Internship Appeal Form if you are applying for more than 4 credits ) Both the registration form and the appeal form, if necessary, must be submitted in person to the Director of Career Development.
- The internship registration form must be filled out online, and then printed so that you can obtain the necessary signatures. You will need to sign it, your faculty advisor will need to sign, and also your academic advisor must sign if he/she is different than your faculty advisor.
- You must discuss the learning objectives and the writing assignment with your faculty supervisor. Please do this before filling out the form and obtaining the necessary signatures.
- Once the form is completed and turned in with signatures, an email to complete an additional form will be sent to your internship site supervisor.
- Once all forms and signatures are obtained, Career Development will submit the forms to the HUB.
- You will receive an email from the HUB confirming final approval.
- Participate in company-wide events
- Attend different types of meetings and presentations
- Apply for/look for opportunities within the company
- Attend conferences offered to employees
- Ask for a directory and an organizational chart
- Conduct informational interviews: Find out more about the organization and the field you are interested in by interviewing employees who have careers that interest you.
- Assess the value of your internship experience: Review your internship objectives periodically and conduct reflective self-assessments through logs or memos to your file to ensure that you are meeting those goals. If your work experience does not seem to be allowing you to meet your objectives for the internship, tactfully and professionally request a meeting with your supervisor to discuss modifying your assignments.