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Internship Guidelines/Requirements

Guidelines and/or requirements for academic internships will vary by program so you will need to check with your faculty internship coordinator to fully understand all requirements.

However, there are some general guidelines that all interns should be aware of:

Professional Conduct Tips for Your internship

Please review the SCSU Student Code of Conduct

Your internship is a professional commitment, and your behavior should consistently reflect professionalism. Following are some tips on how you should conduct yourself during your internship.

  • Dress appropriately for your assignment. If you don’t know what that is, find out
  • Employers expect you to be on time and give advance notice if you are unable to report for work
  • Communicate – keep people informed in a useful and succinct way, listen, and ask questions
  • Accept constructive criticism; continuously strive to improve performance and acquire new knowledge
  • Maintain confidentiality of personnel and work related projects
  • Whether or not you receive compensation, you are expected to adhere to all company rules and conduct yourself in a professional and courteous manner at all times. If you have concerns, bring them up with your superiors and make every effort to resolve them
  • Do not conduct personal business during work hours (emails, cell phones, internet)
  • Keep an open mind; avoid jumping to conclusions; try to make informed judgments
  • If you feel victimized by a work-related incident, contact your onsite supervisor and SCSU Faculty Internship Coordinator immediately

You never know what kind of opportunity may come through an internship, so show initiative, work hard, and stay in touch with your employer once the internship is completed.

SCSU Code of Conduct:

You represent St. Cloud State University. You will be expected to conduct yourself as a professional during your for credit internship. Most internships require professional attire and all have a series of workplace rules that you must follow. You remain a SCSU student at all times during your internship: think of it as an “off-site” course. That means you will be held to the SCSU Student Code of Conduct. Among other things, the Student Code of Conduct forbids:

  • Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of student status, and resume falsification;
  • Intentionally, recklessly, or negligently causing physical harm or duress to any person;
  • Harassment, including sexual harassment, hazing, intimidation, threats or other threatening conduct;
  • Criminal behavior of any kind, including the use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or drugs;
  • Fraud or forgery; and,
  • Violation of any published University policy, rule, or regulation.

Unprofessional conduct, or conduct that violates University or departmental policy, will be subject to any and all available sanctions, including immediate termination of the internship, assignment of an "unsatisfactory" grade, and other disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and other University rules and regulations.

Rebates for Internships and Student Teaching

Interns and student teachers may apply for a rebate of a portion of student union and activities fees they have paid if their duty station is located more than fifty (50) miles from St. Cloud (as defined by the State of Minnesota Mileage Chart). More information and form download.

General Internship Guidelines:

  • Maintain regular communication with your faculty internship coordinator and internship site coordinator.
  • In addition to keeping a journal, record dates, contacts, special projects, etc. This information will prove beneficial to you later when you update your resume and wish to contact individuals you worked with (for).
  • Remember to network with all of the professionals you meet. They may be future employers, references and/or mentors. For more information on effective networking, please check our Search Tips and Resources.
  • Complete the work that is required of you and always do it to the best of your ability. If you run out of work to do, ask for more -- watch your supervisor smile.
  • Take part in company sponsored events when offered. These are great opportunities to network and learn more about the company. Remember, these events are still company events so be on your best behavior. Avoid alcohol and office gossip.
  • Don’t be late for your internship. Early is on time. On time is late.
  • Take advantage of training opportunities that are offered. Not only will this provide you with additional skills but it demonstrates your willingness to learn new things.
  • Appear enthusiastic. Smile!
  • Understand that not all aspects of an internship will be perfect. There may be some required duties that you don’t care for. Welcome to the world of work!
  • Ask questions and learn from your mistakes. Yes, you will make mistakes. Everyone does.

Remember! These are guidelines. Specific internship requirements will vary by department so make sure you are in communication with your faculty internship coordinator for compliance with those requirements.

Required Student Form for International Internships

This form is required for all students doing an international internship or other international activity, and must be turned in to The Center for International Studies prior to departure, along with a copy of the passport and a flight itinerary. In addition, an insurance card for $68 must be purchased. The Center for International Studies will register the student with the American embassy and will keep the student's emergency contact information for central filing in case of an emergency.

For questions or more information contact the SCSU Center for International Studies at 320-308-4287.

Click here for form: SCSU International Internship and Activity Agreement (pdf)

For more information regarding internships, contact the Career Center in CH 215. Call us at (320)308-2151.