Internship Steps

Steps to Arrange an Internship for Academic Credit

If you are a Clinical Lab Science, Nursing, Social Work, or Teacher Education major, please see your department.

Online students should follow the same process. Questions should be directed to internship@uis.edu.

You should start this process the semester BEFORE you plan to complete the internship for credit!!

  1. Meet with your academic advisor.

    • Determine if you are ready to complete an internship.
      • Have you completed three core courses (300-400 level) in your major?
      • Criminology & Criminal Justice: Have you completed CCJ 315 & 345?
      • Sociology/Anthropology: Have you completed SOA 302 & 304?
    • BUS (BBA, MGT, MKT, SPM) & ECO: consult with Dr. Ferk when beginning the internship process
    • Assess how many credits of internship you will need to satisfy your degree requirements.
      • College of Business & Management: minimum 3 credits (starting 2013-14 catalog), 6 credits recommended
      • Criminology & Criminal Justice: minimum 6 credits
      • Legal Studies: minimum 3 credits
      • Political Science: minimum 6 credits
  1. Start the internship application process.

    • Create a draft of your resume and a cover letter. Utilize the Career Development Center’s OptimalResume.
    • Search for internship opportunities.
      • If you work in your desired degree field, ask your supervisor about taking on new responsibilities or projects to complete an internship at your current place of employment.
      • Online students may find the Resources page helpful.
  1. Apply for internships that relate to your degree field (it is recommended that you apply for at least 3).

    • Follow the application instructions and participate in the employer’s interview process.
  1. Receive internship offers; accept a position.

  1. After receiving your course approval email, register for the internship course, IPL 300.

    • Review the Internship Handbook and the course Blackboard site.
      • Keep a journal of your internship work (hours without journal entries will not be counted).
      • Complete assignments/course requirements for the internship course.

If you would like assistance or have questions about this process, you can set up a meeting to meet with an IPL Coordinator. Email internship@uis.edu, or call (217) 206-6640.

Updated: May 2016