Career & Life Planning

Internships Information

Why Complete an Internship?

According to the 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 67.1% of interns were offered full-time positions by their employer.

An internship must offer meaningful exposure to a professional, college-level career field. It should relate to one's field/major of interest and typically lasts one semester.

Internships can be...
• Paid or Unpaid
• For Academic Credit or Not-for-credit
• Part-Time (approx. 12-15hrs/wk) or full-time

Why Should I Do an Internship?

 “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” – Helen Hayes

According to the NACE 2018 survey of employers, one of the top qualities employers look for in new hires is if they have had an internship in field and they reported that 67% of interns were offered full-time positions by their employer.

Students are encouraged to participate in 2 internships during college,
 at least one by the end of their junior year.

Benefits of Having an Internship

Professional
• Explore career fields and find out what you like and don't like to do
• Gain relevant real-world experience to enhance your resume
• Observe professional people and behavior 
• Develop networking skills and gain professional contacts in your career field of interest
• Be more competitive in your full-time job search and/or graduate school applications   

Academics
• Connect classroom learning to practical applications
• Understand the relevance of your course work
• Increase your motivation to learn
• Use resources that are not available on campus

Personal
• Boost your maturity and self-confidence    
• Enjoy a greater clarity about career decisions 
• Integrate your faith and values with work

Internships are beneficial on their own and students can pursue an internship without pursuing academic credit. However, the added benefit of an academically credited internship is so valuable, we always recommend students consider this option.

Internship Search Plan

Set a Goal

Decide what kind of opportunity you are looking for and when you want to pursue that. You can participate in an internship during fall, spring, or summer semester. Make sure that you are planning ahead in case you need to consider a semester abroad or other academic committments. You should not wait to plan for your internship just before your last semester. Start early. 

Create a timeframe and track your deadlines

  • Looking locally? Apply 2-3 months out from your desired start date.
  • Thinking big (like New York, Boston, or D.C.)? Apply 3-6 months out.
  • Is it highly competitive (like with the CIA)? Apply 6-9 months in advance.

If you need academic credit, keep in mind that you have 2 deadlines: the employer's and Rollins' registration deadline. Academic Internship Registration will open the end of each semseter for the next semester. 

Set Your Goal Into Action 

To improve your chances of finding and securing an internship experience, we recommend the following steps as a guide:

Create a resume and cover letter and have them reviewed by Career & Life Planning staff - Come in to the Career Studio for drop-in hours 10AM - 2PM or make an appointment for a Document Review on Handshake.

  • Typically, you will needa Targeted Resume, a Targeted Cover Letter, & List of 3-5 References. However, only send the documents that you are asked to submit. Each document should be seperate and remember that your headers should match!

Focus your search on a field or area - In order to help you do a database search, it can be important to know the industries you want to gain experience in as well as the types of areas you want to work in. Even if you are open, think about two or three to give your search some focus. 

  • Your search could be narrowed or expanded by: Field/industry of interest, location of interest, or which experiences or transferable skills you hope to gain by the end of an internship.

Search in a variety of places and with a variety of sources - Sticking with one search engine or hoping that one connection with bring you your dream internship is not realistic. Use a variety of sources, like Handshake and the resources detailed below. 

  • Use the great resources on Handshake
    • Internship postings on Handshake are already pre-approved by the Center for Career & Life Planning to count for academic credit based on our Academic Internship policies
    • There are a ton of other great Resources on Handshake that can assist you in your search or preparation including Vault, GoinGlobal, Lynda.com, and What Can I Do With this Major? 
  • Research the industry on Occupational Outlook Handbook and review the company's website.
  • Identify companies that Rollins alumni work for by using the Careers By Major Alumni Report.
  • Locate and connect with these alumni through LinkedIn and request an informational interview.
  • Find other resources on our Internship Search Action Plan. 

Keep good track during your search - As you begin to expand your search and applications, it's easy to get mixed up and forget important details. Track your applications and next steps with resources like our Internship Search Tracking Sheet in the Internship Search Action Plan. 

  • Insider tip: Save/print the internship posting description so you can refer back to it if you are called for an interview. Often, postings are taken down by the time interviews are scheduled, so you won't have access to review it later. 

Expand your scope - Just like you should search in more than one place, you should think about applying to more than one opportunity. Applying to more can increase your chances of landing an internship, especially under a tight timeline.

  • There is no perfect number, but think about following suggestions: 
    • Apply for 3-5 when focusing on a small town/area, like the Winter Park-Maitland area.
    • Apply for 5-7 when focusing on a large city, like Greater Orlando.
    • Apply for 7-10 when focusing on a highly competitive area, like Washington, D.C. or New York City.

Create Your Own Experience

For some professions, there are fewer opportunities advertised on public job boards. For instance, shadowing opportunities or externships in the medical field. 

Connect with your network - Often, your family, professors, or friends may be connected to great people or organizations in your field of interest or in your desired geographic area. Having them provide a warm introduction could open up options for new experiences. 

  • You may also use LinkedIn to connect with alumni in fields or areas of interest. It's important to be professional and corteous in these interactions - you should not be asking for a job when you send your first message!
    • Connect with the Center for Career & Life Planning to have one of our staff members help you prepare for an Informational Interview. 

Have your supervisor connect with our office - If you and a company have come up with a great idea for an internship experrience and you want to make sure it will count for academic credit, all you need to do is have your supervisor connect with the Center for Career & Life Planning to make sure the position aligns with our Academic Internhip Policies. 

Approval & Registration for Academic Credit

Approval & Registration

Students can earn academic credit for an internship by enrolling in the academic internship course: INTN (General Elective) or (Major/Minor) 397. This course is offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please review the eligibility criteria at the bottom of the page.

How do I register for the academic internship course?

All academic internships are registered through FoxLink.

Registration for Spring internships begins the first week of November and will close in January. Registration for Summer and/or Fall academic internships begins the first week of March. Summer registration will close the first week of May and Fall registration will close when classes begin in August. Specific registration deadlines will be emailed to all students via your Rollins.edu email. 

How can my employer get my internship approved for academic credit?

If your employer would like to have their internship approved for academic credit, please have them review our posting policies. Once the internship aligns with our criteria, you can than register your internship through Foxlink.

All internship postings on Handshake have been pre-approved for Academic Credit, but all students must still go through the process of submitting their internship for approval via FoxLink in order to get academic credit. The internship may require additional approval for major course credit. 

If you are an international student studying on an F-1 Visa, you must also please complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) form and submit it to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services. This form must be signed by your site supervisor, your academic adivsor, and a staff member at the Center for Career & Life Planning. In order for Career & Life Planning staff to sign your form, you must bring in your position description and your statement of purpose. 

How do I know if I'm eligible for academic credit?

All Students Must:

  • Must be in good academic standing during the semester of the internship
  • May need to receive additional approval or provide additional information to meet eligibility requirements to receive credit in the major or minor

CLA Students Must:

  • Must have earned at least 30 semester hours
  • Will not earn more than 12 internship credit hours in all while at Rollins, including internships offered through the Office of International Programs

Hamilton Holt Students Must:

  • Have completed at least one semester enrolled in Hamilton Holt
  • Will not earn more than internship credit hours in all while at Rollins, including internships offered through the Office of International Programs

Additionally, INB Students Must:

  • Have completed at least one of the following courses: INB 337, INB 365, INB 372

Please note: Students may be required to meet additional criteria to receive academic credit in their major or minor, such as class standing or prerequisite courses. Students should check with their Faculty Advisor (CLA) or Academic Advisor (Holt) to find out if there are additional criteria to participate in an internship for major/minor credit.

How many credits can I receive? 

Most students seeking major credit for their internships must receive 4 credit hours. If students are seeking general elective credits, they can receive 2, 3, or 4 credit hours. How many credit hours you receive will not change the requirements of the online reflection course, but it will affect the number of working hours you need to complete by the end of the semester in order to get credit. All hours and course assignments need to be completed in order for a student to receive credit for their internship. 

  • 2 credits – 80 hours on site
  • 3 credits – 120 hours on site
  • 4 credits – 160 hours on site (This is the most typical)

Academic Internship Course

The Academic Internship Program promotes self-awareness and career development by integrating academic learning with workplace experience.

Academic internships have several advantages:

  • Students receiving academic credit are enrolled in a concurrent online course, where they receive empirically based reflective assignments to increase learning
  • The academic internship course requires students to participate in career development activities: writing or updating a resume, creating or updating a LinkedIn profile, participating in a mock interview, and more
  • Some internships are available only to students who are eligible to get academic credit
  • Academic internships usually have greater credibility with potential employers, as they have been vetted to ensure that the student has a meaningful experience

Academic Internship Course

Research in the field of Experiential Education has found that "active reflection" during and after an internship increases student learning and skill ascertainment. Because of this, Rollins students receive academic credit not only for participating in their approved internship, but also by completing intentional assignments in an online reflection course. This course runs concurrently with other fall and spring semester courses. In addition, during the summer, students can enroll in a 9-week academic internship course.

Course Requirements

1 Mandatory Orientation - Before you start your academic internship, make plans to attend this in-person orientation, which acts a syllabus day to introduce you to the course and your faculty member. Dates for the Mandatory Orientation can be found on your FoxLink registration page each semester. 

Assignments are Online - All assignments, including discussion posts, goal setting, reflections, and time sheets are provided and collected through Blackboard and e-mail correspondence with your Rollins faculty instructor. This means that, especially in summer, you can complete the course and internship from anywhere! 

This course is Credit/No Credit - Credit is awarded based on completion of online assignments and hours worked at the internship site. 

Rollins Professional Fellows

Are you planning on engaging in a summer internship this year, but you need help funding the experience? The Center for Career & Life Planning, in partnership with the Rollins Academic Dean’s Office, is offering an opportunity for you to apply for funding towards the costs of your summer internship: transportation, housing, living expenses, internship course fees, etc.

Rollins Professional Fellows 

Rollins is offering funding for internship endeavors, to support selected undergraduate students participating in academic internships during summer 2018. Funding will be awarded based on the evaluation of application materials and the internship opportunity, as well as financial need (as determined by the Rollins Office of Financial Aid and/or personal statement, along with the student’s proposed budget). Students from all majors are encouraged to apply!

Application Checklist:

1. Funded Internship Application Form
2. Budget Worksheet and Supporting Links Document
3. Current Resume (Resumes reviewed through the Center for Career & Life Planning or TJs Tutoring & Writing Center encouraged)
4. Personal Essay: One to three (1-3) page typed essay describing your career goals and how this summer internship opportunity fits into your strategy for achieving your career goals. Include explanation of internship role and tasks, as well as your personal learning goals for the internship, and how they benefit your future plans. Include a clear, compelling explanation of how this award will impact your ability to participate in this summer internship. 

Ø  IMPORTANT NOTE: Review the Funded Internship Application Scoring Rubric (attached) for insight into what will be evaluated in your application materials. Funding is limited, so make sure to put your best foot forward!

Deadlines:

  • Priority deadline for early notification of funding: March 23rd at 5pm
  • Final deadline for regular notification of funding: April 23rd at 5pm

To be eligible to apply, students should meet the following criteria:

· A current undergraduate student (expected graduation August 2018 or later) enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts or the Hamilton Holt School.
· Have secured or be actively pursuing an internship for summer 2018 that is a minimum of 9 weeks in duration.
· Internship has been pre-approved to receive academic credit from the College (or student is in the process of working with the Center for Career & Life Planning to have internship approved for credit).
· Be in good standing with the College (not on academic probation).
· Will have earned at least 30 semester hours by the end of the spring 2018 semester.
· Considering previous credit-bearing internships that the student has completed (including those through the Office of International Programs), engaging in this internship course should not take students over the following Rollins internship credit limits: 12 credits for CLA, 8 credits for Holt.
· Commit to register for the Rollins’ Summer 2018 academic internship course (which requires a course fee of $500- covered by funding if student is selected)

Program Requirements:

· Pre-Internship Orientation (or individual pre-internship meeting with Asst. Dir. for Internship Programs)
· Successful completion of the Academic Internship Reflection Course during awarded semester
· Final Reflection Project that covers the impact of both the experience and the funding the student received, the key learnings/takeaways, examples of growth, and the student’s plans moving forward with their career journey. This is separate from any internship course reflection assignments, and may take the form of a:
    · 3-page essay (Times New Roman, 12pt font)
    · Other creative forms with explanation (video, art piece, blog, etc.)

Questions?

Questions? Please contact Liz Bernstein, Assistant Director of Internship Programs, at lbernstein@rollins.edu, 407-646-2196; or Norah Pérez, Director of Experiential Learning, at nperez@rollins.edu.

Looking for a Summer Internship Opportunity? Log in to Handshake to view the over 1,000 internship opportunities posted or to schedule an internship search appointment! We’re here to help!

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