Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions – Full-Time (444) Interns:

HOW DO I START THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS?

Assuming you qualify for credit for an internship (see the Qualifications page), you need to start a file in the Internship Office and upload your resume to the Career Services web site.  This should be done by the deadline set (see the Calendar for due dates) in the semester immediately preceding the internship.

CAN I CREATE MY OWN INTERNSHIP?

Yes!  You are encouraged to use all the resources you have to contact companies about possible internship positions.  You are not limited to those companies we have worked with in the past.  In fact, you can intern anywhere in the world.  The three basic requirements are that you work full-time (35-40 hours per week) for as close to 15 weeks as possible, and you must be paid at least $8 per hour.  There are exceptions to most rules – but not all of them, so if you feel you have a unique situation that you would like to consider, contact the Internship Director.  The HBS will consider granting credit for unpaid internships only if the employer is a non-profit organization.

WHAT IS THE VARIABLE INTERNSHIP CREDIT ALL ABOUT?

Each HBS student has the ability to choose the number of credits he or she wants for their internship.  (3-12 for undergraduates, 1-9 for MBA students)  Years ago, all undergraduate internships in the HBS had to be done for 12 credits.  In most cases, the first 3 credits apply as an elective in your major – any additional credits taken for the internship are University Electives.  As the cost of credits increased, we decided that paying for 9 University Electives didn’t make sense if they weren’t going to help you toward graduation.  So, the switch was made to allow each student to pick (and pay for!) the number of credits that would most help them.

From the outside, all internships look alike.  So, all the requirements listed above remain the same regardless of how many credits you choose for your internship.  The only real benefit is less tuition.

ANY OTHER FACTORS I SHOULD CONSIDER IN CHOOSING THE NUMBER OF INTERNSHIP CREDITS?

Some students need to be full-time for either health or auto insurance purposes, or financial aid.  Full-time interns will be considered to be full-time students at SCSU for certain purposes regardless of the number of credits you sign up for.  This primarily applies to insurance issues.   If you are receiving financial aid that requires a certain minimum number of credits, you will need to take the internship for that number of credits in order to continue receiving the aid.  If you have questions about your situation, please contact both the Financial Aid office and the Internship Director.

With financial aid, some students may decide it’s worth signing up for more credits in order to continue receiving the aid they’ve gotten in the past.

HOW SHOULD I DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF CREDITS I WANT?

Your first step is to check with your major advisor.  That person should be able to tell you whether or not you can use any of the University Elective credits.  I’m assuming virtually everyone should be able to use the first three credits as one elective in your major.  Once you know how many credits will help you toward graduation, determine whether or not the health insurance or financial aid issues discussed above apply to you.  Regardless of how many credits you put on the Internship Application form when you start your file in the Internship Office, you are free to change your mind – until you actually register for the internship.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

When you accept an offer for an internship, notify the Internship Director immediately.  When it comes time to pre-register for the internship, you will need to pick up paperwork from the Internship Office.  The registration process will be explained at that time by the Internship Director.  If your internship is more than 50 miles from campus, you will be entitled to a partial refund of some of your student activity fees.  The Internship Director should also be able to provide you with this form.  The refund comes at the end of the internship, so you pay the full amount when tuition is due and then get some money back.

HOW IS THE INTERNSHIP GRADED?

The internship is a pass/fail class for undergraduates (letter graded for MBA students).  The grade is based on the post-internship requirements which consist of the Internship Paper and Class Presentation.  The guidelines and necessary evaluation form are located above.  When you graduate, your final GPA is calculated without these credits.  At the end of the internship, each student receives an IP for a grade (In Progress).  Once the paper and class presentation are successfully completed, the grade is switched over to “S” (Satisfactory).

 


Frequently Asked Questions – Part-time (344) Interns:

HOW DO I START THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS?

Assuming you qualify for credit for an internship (see the Qualifications page), you need to start a file in the Internship Office and upload your resume to the Career Services web site.  This should be done by the deadline set (see the Calendar for due dates) in the semester immediately preceding the internship.

CAN I CREATE MY OWN INTERNSHIP?

Yes!  You are encouraged to use all the resources you have to contact companies about possible internship positions.  You are not limited to those companies we have worked with in the past.  In fact, you can intern anywhere in the world.  The basic requirements are that you work at least 12 hours/week (but no more than 20 hours/week) for as close to 15 weeks as possible, and you must be paid at least $8 per hour (unless it’s a non-profit organization).  There are exceptions to most rules – but not all of them, so if you feel you have a unique situation that you would like to consider, contact the Internship Director.

HOW MANY CREDITS WILL I EARN, AND WHERE DO THEY FIT?

All part-time internships will be done for 3 credits.  These credits should apply as one of your major electives, but you should check with your faculty advisor to make certain that is the case in your situation. If you later choose to do a full-time internship for credit, all of those credits would be University Electives.  So, between the part-time internships and the full-time internships, you only get one major elective.

HOW MANY OTHER CREDITS MAY I TAKE DURING THE INTERNSHIP SEMESTER?

You may take up to 10 additional credits from any academic source during the semester that you intern for credit.  These include on-campus and on-line classes.  This means that you could have up to a total of 13 credits during the internship which makes you a full-time student at SCSU.  If you take the 344 class during the summer, you may take no more than one additional class in each of the two summer sessions.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

When you accept an offer for an internship, notify the Internship Director immediately.  When it comes time to pre-register for the internship, you will need to pick up paperwork from the Internship Office.   The registration process will be explained at that time by the Internship Director.  If your internship is more than 50 miles from campus, you will be entitled to a partial refund of some of your student activity fees.  The Internship Director should also be able to provide you with this form.  The refund comes at the end of the internship, so you pay the full amount when tuition is due and then get some money back.

HOW IS THE INTERNSHIP GRADED?

The internship is a pass/fail class for undergraduates.  The grade is based on the post-internship requirements which consist of the Internship Paper and Class Presentation.  The guidelines and necessary evaluation form are located above.  When you graduate, your final GPA is calculated without these credits.  At the end of the internship, each student receives an IP for a grade (In Progress).  Once the paper and class presentation are successfully completed, the grade is switched over to “S” (Satisfactory). 

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