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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..

 

Internship Application Deadlines

Summer semester final deadline: Friday, April 25
Fall semester early decision deadline: Monday, July 21
Fall semester final deadline: Thursday, August 21

How to get an internship

Step One: Meet with an A_Lab Career Counselor
If you don’t already have a career plan, or even if you do, you’ll find it helpful to discuss internship options with us. We can help you to think about your goals, assess your skills and interests, and help you decide on the types of internships that will move you along your career path. Ideally, this will be done during the semester before your internship begins.

Step Two: Secure an Internship
The a-Lab has over 200 internship listings within the Atlanta area alone. Most of these opportunities can be found through CareerConnect. Many internship applications will require a resume and interview. We can help you create your resume and prepare for the interviews.
Step Three: Decide if You Will Seek Academic Credit for Your Internship
You should apply for academic credit if an internship is required by your major and/or if you want the internship listed on your transcript.  To get academic credit (ranging from 1-4 credits), you must apply and get approval first. To receive academic credit, you will need to meet a set of minimum requirements and complete an academic assignment in addition to your work. The internship will appear on your course schedule and will bear the same tuition and fees as a regular course.

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.

Step Four: Find a Faculty Supervisor
In addition to the work you will complete at your internship, there is an academic portion of the internship that is required in order to receive academic credit. This requirement is met through writing assignments as determined by your faculty supervisor. The minimum requirement for internship credit is five pages of written work per credit hour. Ask one of your professors in the field you are seeking to intern if they will supervise your internship. The A-Lab will also be happy to assist you in securing a faculty supervisor.
Step Five: Register for Your Internship before the deadline
Once you have secured an internship supervisor, take a hard copy of the forms below to discuss with him or her. Completed forms should be submitted in person to the Director of Experiential Learning on or before the deadline listed above.

  1. Internship Registration Form: The course number and title can be found in the Bulletin under the corresponding subject. It is listed as a class (ex. CRS 401 Internship in Communications). Students can apply to receive 1-6 credits.
  2. Internship Appeal Form: (only to be completed if seeking more than 4 credit hours)
  3. Internship Learning Agreement: The learning agreement has an academic writing assignment associated with the internship. For each credit hour, you will have to write five pages. You must write out the number of pages for each writing assignment (ex: 6 pages reflective journal and 14 pages on social media in the twenty first century for a 4 credit internship)
Step Six: Complete the Electronic Internship Application
Academic Internship Application
Once completed, an e-mail will be sent to your internship site supervisor to complete an additional form with details about the internship site, your duties, and their expectations of you as an intern with their organization. Prior to submitting this application, determine your work scheudle at your internship site. You must work at least 30 hours per academic credit. For example, if you are seeking 4 credits, you will need to work at least 120 hours over the course of 12 weeks.
Step Seven: Wait for Approval
All internship applications must be approved by the Experiential Education Committee at the beginning and end of each semester. You will be notified via email if your internship has been approved, or if your application needs to be modified.
Step Eight: Complete Your Internship
Enjoy it! This is a wonderful chance for you to learn about your fields of interest and hone your career prospects. The A-Lab and Oglethorpe’s Pinterest boards have a wealth of information to help you make the most of this experience. Throughout the semester, you will meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your internship experience and your writing assignments. Upon successful completion of the internship, the student is awarded academic credit (graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis) in recognition of the learning value of the experience.

  • 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.

 

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