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..
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.
- 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.
- Internship Appeal Form: (only to be completed if seeking more than 4 credit hours)
- 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)
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.
- 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.