All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the Internship
Program prior to graduating. It is not too early to start researching
companies that offer internships within your first year at GBC.
For a list of active
internships available to students, please check the GBC online job board
through College central.com.
employers offering internships at our
Spring Career Fairs.
What is the Internship program?
An internship is a
unique educational plan for which the student earns academic credit.
It integrates classroom study with planned supervised work
experience. This field experience allows students to acquire
practical skills, be exposed to the reality of the business world
beyond the boundaries of the campus, enhance self-awareness, and
help provide direction with regard to career choice.
Internships may vary. All are beneficial from a learning
perspective but sometimes do not earn pay. It depends on the company
offering the opportunity. Both volunteer and paid internships are
acceptable for academic credit providing the working hour
requirements are fulfilled within the timeframe given.
How does the Internship program benefit the student?
An internship helps
the student enhance his/her professional skills with actual
ďhands-onĒ experience in his/her chosen field.
An internship gives
the student an inside view of the business world of work.
permits the student to apply the principles and theories taught in
the classroom to real-life projects.
influences the personal, career development and academic performance
of the student.
An internship gives
students the opportunity to be considered for permanent employment
if they successfully complete their assignments.
fosters the development of communication skills by giving students
experience in personal interaction in career settings.
An internship is a
way for the student to ďtestĒ out his/her chosen field to make sure
it is a good fit. It gives the student exposure to other people
doing the same type of work, and helps the student decide if this is
the right career for him/her before accepting a permanent position.
An internship is an
excellent resume builder, since most employers make hiring decisions
based upon prior work related experience. It allows the student to
stand out from the rest of the competition when searching for
How do students find the appropriate internship?
It is important for the student to develop an action plan to
get an internship. Although a student must have completed half of
his/her credits for degree, it is not too early to start researching
companies that offer internship within the first year at GBC. It
may take a few months to find the right internship.
A student may want
to define the goals for his/her internship. Some questions to
What do you
want to do in your internship?
industry or type of company do you want to intern with?
When do you
want to participate in the fall, spring or summer?
Do you want to
put in 300 hours or 600 hours for internship within a semester?
After the goals are
established, some steps in getting the right internship to follow
Career Services Center
Look at the
internship opportunities in the binders and job posting web
internship prospects through Internet sites, company contacts,
and directory of employer contacts in the Career Services
Internship Opportunity Fair in January to meet with all the
employers who offer internship opportunities.
internship opportunities through family, friends, faculty,
advisors, student groups and community organizations.
Apply with an
updated resume and cover letter once the targeted companies are
Follow up with
every employer if you have not heard back within a reasonable
time of two weeks.
- Pay attention
to deadlines for applying to companies and deadlines for
receiving credit for the semester.
Can students do two
separate internships at two different companies?
Absolutely, students can participate in two 3-credit
internships within two semesters with two different companies. It
is highly encouraged for students to be exposed to two different
companies, taking on different projects to add the variety of
experience to their resumes. Students can eventually become more
marketable when graduating with more experience in their field.
Can students use
their full time job as an internship?
Students who are currently working full time at a job
that is directly related to their field of study can use their job as
an internship. However, the employer must assign the student an additional
project or responsibility directly related to the area of concentration that
is different from the studentís daily job responsibilities during the
internship time frame. The student will still have to meet the hour
requirements by counting the hours after the internship paperwork for
registration is turned in, and follow the same procedures as for any
Who is eligible
for the Internship program?
College student matriculating in an Associate of Science
or Bachelors of Science degree program or in a GBC
Certificate program may make application to the Internship program.
Students are required to hold a GPA of 2.75 and to have completed at
least half of their degree requirements at time of application.
What are the
requirements for Academic credit?
To be considered
for internship credit, the work must not only be directly related to
the studentís major field of study, but also be an integral or
important part of his/her studies. For the benefit of the studentís
educational experience, it is recommended that the work site be an
established business with a minimum of 10 employees to provide the
appropriate training and guidance to the studentís learning
objectives. Additionally, for the safety of our students, the
internship work site must be non-residential.
register for up to 6 academic credits for internship. Students must
satisfy a work requirement of 300 hours in order to earn three
credits or 600 hours to earn six credits. The work component may be
completed either in one semester or two semesters depending upon the
scope of the job. The student must complete a written paper under
the direction of the Chief Academic Officer for each 3
credit course. Students who are in the Associates of Science degree
program can earn only 3 credits of internship and can only do an
additional 3 credits for the Bachelor of Science degree internship.
A student who has
been given permission to earn internship credits should meet with
his/ her advisor before registering for classes for the semester in
which academic credits are to be earned. The Chief Academic
Officer will assign the appropriate course ID and number of
credits to the student's scheduling worksheet in order to confirm
internship credits. Keep in mind that internship credits will be
slotted in a student's curriculum for elective credit only. The
student will pay for internship credits at the current rate per
Who will grade job performance?
completion of the internship assignment, the job site supervisor
will evaluate the job performance of the student and any work
assigned to the student in relation to her/his internship position.
The supervisor will also fill out an evaluation form and return it
to the Career Services Office.
The student will
receive a final grade based upon the evaluation of his work on the
job by the supervisor and of the written work required by the Chief
Academic Officer. That grade will either be a grade of
P (satisfactory completion) or F (failing completion). Both grades
must be P (satisfactory completion) in order for the student to
A grade of P
(satisfactory completion) is not calculated in the studentís
cumulative grade point average. However, an F (failing completion)
grade does count against the studentís GPA, though no credits are
What standards of conduct must students observe?
student needs to keep in mind that he/she represents Goldey-Beacom
College at all times. The student is expected to conduct
himself/herself in a courteous and businesslike manner and to dress
appropriately for the world of work. The student must also adhere
to all of the policies and procedures put forth by the employing
What do students do next?
Once the student
has been approved for academic credit for the internship assignment
and has reported for his/her first day of employment, he/she must
fulfill this contractual obligation unless the Career Services
Office and the Chief Academic Officer release him/ her
from this obligation. In addition, the student is required to
notify the Career Services Office immediately if any problems should
develop with his/ her assignment.
The student is required to be on time and at work every day
in order to fulfill the obligations of the employment contract and
the Internship Student Agreement. The student should notify his
immediate supervisor immediately should illness or an emergency
situation prevent her/him from reporting to work. The student is
required to notify the Career Services Office should any extended
absence from the workplace be contemplated.
Where do students apply for the Internship program?
interested in earning internship credits should make an appointment
to speak with the Career Services Office. It is the studentís
responsibility to find his/her own internship. The student should
have a current resume and other necessary materials such as grade
transcript or list of references for interviewing with companies.
Decisions to hire are the sole venue of the prospective employer.
How do I complete
my internship for a grade?
At least 2 weeks prior to the end of your internship,
you must turn in to Career Services your completed
term paper and
employer evaluation form. The Academic Dean uses
both to determine a Pass or Fail grade which will appear
on your Campus
Web account online once graded.
Where can I find the paperwork to apply?