Department of Geography & Planning


About Our Internships

An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theories learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit and are evaluated according to a job description that is incorporated into a course.

Internships are overseen by a faculty member and by a designated employee of the host organization. Academic learning objectives are integral to the internship, distinguishing them from volunteer positions or jobs.

For all internships occurring at a current place of employment, the internship duties must be outside of your normal daily tasks. Special projects will be taken into consideration. 

Internships by Program

Geography and GIS Internships 1-12 credits

Students studying geography or GIS are not required to complete an internship for credit, but it is available as an option. Credits range from 1-12. 

Internship Coordinator: Isaac Olson
Phone: (320) 308-6080

GEOG 444 - Internship: Undergraduate

Hospitality and Tourism Internships 6-12 credits

Internships are built into the Hospitality and Tourism degree program. A minimum of a 6-credit internship (600 hours) is required, but is available up to 12 credits.  

Minimum requirements
HTSM major (minors not eligible)
2.5 GPA
'C' or better in all HTSM courses
Completion of 60 university credits prior to the first day of internship

Internship Coordinator: Kristy Modrow
Phone: (320) 308-6080

HTSM 444 - Internship: Undergraduate

Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences Internships 1-12 credits

Students will expand and refine their classroom learning with a 1-credit internship, which is built into the degree. Additional internship credits available. 

Internship Coordinator: Eric Fuller

GEOG 444 - Internship: Undergraduate

Planning and Community Development Internships 3-16 credits

An internship is built into each student's degree with semester-long internships available in rural, suburban, or urban communities to peak each student's personal interests. 

Internship Coordinator: Dr. Chukwunyere Ugochukwu

CMTY 444 - Internship: Undergraduate

Useful Resources

Internship Process

Past Geography/GIS Internship sites

Past Hospitality and Tourism internship sites

Past Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences internship sites

Past Planning and Community Development internship sites

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