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FAQ's | Internships

 

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Who can post an internship?

An organization that can offer an academically sound internship experience can post an internship if they meet the following criteria required by the university:

1. Your organization must have been in operation for at least one calendar year
2. The internship site must be in commercially zoned property
3. Provide an on-site supervisor / mentor that meets with the student daily or weekly

Who can do an internship?

Sophomores:  Non-credit experience only (paid or unpaid)
Juniors and Seniors:  Credit and Paid, Credit Only (non-paid), Non-credit, Paid, or Unpaid
Graduate Students:  Requires program advisor approval

What is the difference between an internship for credit vs. non-credit?

An internship for credit involves a site supervisor, a faculty internship advisor and the student intern. The student must complete an internship application, have the internship site and credit hours approved by their faculty advisor, then register for the internship. Both field duties and academic work is expected of the student. Clocked hours, credit, a grade and an evaluation complete the experience.

A non-credit internship involves a site supervisor, the Internship Program Office and the student intern. Students must obtain approval from an employer for a non-credit experience. Students are encouraged to keep a weekly journal.  No credit, grade or evaluation is required.

How many hours constitute an internship?

A minimum of 45 clocked hours in the field is required for each credit hour granted in an internship or practicum.  Three credits equals 135 clocked hours for a 15 week semester (fall or spring) or 10 weeks during the summer.  Students may work between 10-15 hours on-site each week.

Can interns be paid?

Yes, many of our current employers offer an hourly wage ranging from $8.00 - $20.00 per hour. Compensation is generally commensurate with experience and varies by industry and demand. Stipends are also an option that employers might consider.

Do interns have to be paid?

An internship can be a paid or unpaid opportunity. Most of the internships that BSU students complete are funded either by a stipend and/or hourly wage. University policy allows students to earn credit for the internship whether it is paid or unpaid.

How often and in what ways should faculty internship advisors communicate with on-site supervisors?

This is at the discretion of each faculty member. An example may be a site visit, one or two emails mid-semester, and/or sending the employer a performance evaluation two weeks prior to the completion of the student's internship.

How does an employer list an internship with Bridgewater State University?

Our offices house all internship descriptions posted by each organization in CareerLink, BSU's recruiting system. Employers create a profile on CareerLink @BSU page.

We will activate each new employer profile within one to two full business days. You will then be able to log in with a username and password. Employers must provide a complete job description, have been in operation for at least one year and be located in commercially zoned property in order to list their internship(s) with our online service. Contact the Internship Program Office at (508) 531-2632 if you have further questions.