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Contact Information

Email
Kimberly Ortiz
internships@whitworth.edu

Phone
509.777.3272

Hours
Monday-Friday,
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location
Hixson Union Building,
Second Floor

Internship Information for Students

Internship Defined

Whitworth uses the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of an internship. According to NACE, an internship is defined as: "A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."

By participating in an internship, you have the opportunity to:

  • Explore an industry, career path or organization
  • Gain practical, hands-on professional work experience
  • Build and hone skills employers look for when hiring college graduates
  • Network with professionals and make valuable connections for references, future opportunities and mentorship
  • Apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to the world of work
  • Earn academic credit, either as a program requirement or elective credit

Finding an Internship

Searching for an internship will take time and careful planning, so starting your internship search as early as possible will better position you for a successful search. While not all industries have recruiting cycles, it is important to know that many industries do have recruiting cycles that dictate when you will apply. It is important to research and know your industry standards.

When conducting an internship search, it is important to diversify how you go about searching for an internship. A successful internship search uses a combination of tools and resources throughout the search process. While it is the responsibility of the student, you, to find an internship, a career services staff member can guide you through your internship search and assist with:

  • Developing a plan and identifying areas of interest
  • Search strategies and conducting research
  • Identifying internship leads and contacts
  • Résumé, cover letter and interview preparation

Scheduling an in-person or virtual advising appointment with a career advisor or career peer coach is always a great option. Advising appointments can be scheduled through Handshake’s appointment feature or by sending an email to internships@whitworth.edu with at least three dates/times that you’re available to meet.

What are other tools and resources that I can use to find an internship?

While the following list may not include all tools and resources available to you, we've identified and listed several that have worked well for other students.

Academic Internships & Field Studies

The academic internship or field study is slightly different from an internship or field study that you pursue on your own without any connection to or oversight from Whitworth. An academic internship or field study is a planned and approved credit-bearing, work-based learning experience, usually off campus, that integrates into your academic program, whether as a requirement or an elective. Academic internships or field studies are limited in duration with defined start and end dates. They have a faculty instructor to guide the learning of and evaluate the experience and a worksite supervisor to oversee and guide the work you will do during the internship. Academic internships or field studies have structured learning goals developed with guidance from your faculty instructor and are set up prior to the start of the internship.

Internships and field studies are listed and defined in the Whitworth Academic Catalog.

Important Dates & Timelines

Academic internships follow the registrar's Academic Calendars & Schedules.

Undergraduate Program:

Fall Term '21: Sept. 8-Dec. 17

  • Sept. 8: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • Nov. 9: Last day to register an internship/field study for academic credit.
  • Dec. 17: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and final requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Jan Term '22: Jan. 3-Jan. 24

  • Nov. 22: Registration opens for Jan Term academic internships.
  • Jan. 3: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • Jan. 18: Last day to register an internship/field study for academic credit.
  • Jan. 24: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and final requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Spring Term '22: Feb. 3-May 20

  • Nov. 22: Registration opens for Spring Term academic internships.
  • Feb. 3: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • April 13: Last day to register an internship/field study for academic credit.
  • May 20: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and final requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Adult Degree Program:

Fall Term '21: Aug. 16-Dec. 17

  • Aug. 16: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • Nov. 9: Last day to register an internship/field study for academic credit.
  • Dec. 17: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and final requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Spring Term '22: Jan. 3-May 6

  • Nov. 22: Registration opens for Spring Term academic internships.
  • Jan. 3: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • April 13: Last day to register an internship/field study for academic credit.
  • May 6: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and final requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Registering Your Internship or Field Study for Academic Credit

It is important to start your internship search early as there are steps that you must complete in order to set up and register your internship experience for academic credit. Approval of all academic internships and field studies is up to the discretion of your academic department's designated faculty internship advisor. If you don't know who your designated faculty internship advisor is or your academic department doesn't have a designated faculty internship advisor, contact the internship program director in career services at internships@whitworth.edu or call 509.777.3344 for assistance. Your faculty internship advisor must first evaluate the work that you will be doing to ensure that it meets department guidelines.

  • You are responsible for initiating the process to register your internship for academic credit including finding and securing an internship, reviewing and understanding the Academic Internship Guidegaining approval from your faculty internship advisor, and completing the required paperwork. Failure to complete any or all of the steps can result in not being registered for academic credit for your internship experience.
  • Academic internships are courses.
  • An academic internship must be completed in the semester you're registered for credit per the Registrar's Academic Calendars & Schedules. Retroactive credit is not permitted.
  • Academic internships require 40 hours of work for every 1 credit registered.
  • Students typically register for 1 to 3 academic internship credits and, generally, work 10 to 20 hours a week during the term. The number of credits you register for will help you determine the number of work hours needed each week in order to complete your credit hour requirement. You should discuss your work schedule with your internship worksite supervisor at the beginning of your internship experience.
  • No more than 25 percent of the internship duties may be clerical in nature.
  • Internships are graded on either a S/NS or, with approval from your faculty internship advisor, letter grade basis.
  • Summer academic internships are charged per credit, and Jan Term academic internships are charged the Jan Term fee.
  • If by registering your internship you go into credit overload, you must obtain additional approval to pursue internship credit from your academic advisor. Academic internships are not exempt from the overload fee. It is your responsibility to check with Whitworth Student Financial Services for complete details. 
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you can be registered and that there are no holds on your student account or record. Failure to resolve holds can result in not being registered for academic internship credit.

Important note about in-person academic internships during COVID-19: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, students are encouraged to complete virtual/remote internships. If a virtual/remote internship is not feasible and the student is willing, students may complete an on-site academic internship if the internship worksite is willing to allow a student to intern on-site and the student's faculty internship advisor approves of the internship experience. In addition to the standard internship registration forms, students completing an in-person/on-site internship must fill out and return the following form to the internship office located in career services:

Academic Internship & Field Study Course Registration Checklist

  1. Accept Offer
    1. Develop/Update your résumé, tailoring it to the internship description.
    2. Apply.
    3. Interview.
    4. Accept an internship offer.
  2. Request Approval
    1. Read the Academic Internship Guide.
    2. Identify a faculty internship advisor within your academic discipline.
    3. Propose internship to faculty internship advisor and request approval to register for an internship course.
    4. Meet with your faculty internship advisor to discuss and develop the internship contract.
  3. Complete Forms
    1. If your internship is in person, complete the On-Site Academic Internship Verification Form.
    2. If you are participating in an international academic internship or field study, complete the International Internship Agreement Form.
    3. Fill out the Internship Contract Form with the information from your meeting with your faculty internship advisor. Toward the end of filling out your contract, you will be prompted to read and agree to the Risk Assessment & Liability Waiver.
    4. Print the internship contract.
  4. Obtain Required Signatures of Approval
    1. Present internship contract to internship worksite supervisor for review and signature of approval.
    2. If you are an international student: Present internship contract to the International Education Center for review and signature of approval.
    3. If this is an Honors Program internship: Present internship contract to the Honors Program for review and signature of approval.
    4. Present internship contract to internship faculty advisor for review and signature of approval.
  5. Turn In Completed Registration Forms to Career Services
    1. Present all pages of the internship contract to the internship program director in career services for final review and signature of approval.
    2. If your internship is in person, present the On-Site Academic Internship Verification Form to the internship program director in career services.

During your internship, record your hours and activities worked on the Internship Time Log. Keep in mind, at the end of the internship, your internship worksite supervisor will need to review the time log and agree to the hours and activities worked by signing all pages of the time log.

Final Requirements of the Internship

All participants of the Academic Internship Program must complete the following final requirements by the last day of the registered term.

  • Internship Exit Interview: The Internship Exit Interview is a 15- to 20-minute chat with the internship program director to discuss your academic internship experience. Exit interviews should be scheduled through Handshake and completed before the last day of the registered term.
  • Post-Internship Reflection: The Post-Internship Reflection is an online qualitative assessment designed to promote deeper thinking and reflection of the internship experience. Allow 20-30 minutes to complete.
  • Student Evaluation of the Internship: The Student Evaluation of the Internship is an online quantitative assessment of the entire internship process. Allow 5-10 minutes to complete.
  • Internship Time Log: Submit final Internship Time Log to internships@whitworth.edu.
  • Internship Employer Evaluation: The internship program director is responsible for sending out the employer evaluation request; however, we may need your help in nudging your internship worksite supervisor to complete the form if we are having trouble getting the evaluation. You and your faculty internship advisor will receive a copy of the evaluation, and your faculty internship advisor will review the evaluation when determining your final grade.

Failure to complete one or more of the final requirements may result in not earning academic credit for your academic internship experience. At the end of the term, the internship program director will communicate the status of your final requirements with your faculty internship advisor. Your faculty internship advisor is responsible for evaluating and submitting your final grade.

Contact Information

Email
Kimberly Ortiz
internships@whitworth.edu

Phone
509.777.3272

Hours
Monday-Friday,
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location
Hixson Union Building,
Second Floor