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Contact Information

Email
Kimberly Ortiz
kortiz@whitworth.edu

Phone
509.777.3344

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

Location
Hixson Union Building,
Second Floor

Internship Information

Details about registering an internship for academic credit during Jan Term and Spring Term '20 will be added to this page no later than Nov. 6.

Important note about Fall Term 2020 academic internships:

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 provides written documentation of their policy for adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. This must be emailed to the student's designated faculty internship advisor and Internship Program Director Kimberly Ortiz (kortiz@whitworth.edu) before permission to pursue academic credit can be granted.
  • The academic department and/or designated faculty internship advisor must approve the experience for academic credit.

In addition to the registration requirements outlined under "Registering for Academic Credit," students pursuing academic credit for an on-site internship must complete and return the following with the academic internship contract:

Internships Defined

Internships are defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 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, a career path or an 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

Finding an Internship

It is your responsibility, as a Whitworth student, to find and secure 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, including identifying search tools and conducting research
  • Finding internship leads and contacts
  • Helping with résumé, cover letter and interview preparation

Internship advising appointments must be scheduled through Handshake or requested by email in advance as drop-in appointments are not available. Through the end of fall 2020, all career services & student employment advising will be conducted virtually via phone, MS Teams, Zoom or email.

Search for internships using Handshake, your career management platform.

Academic Internships

An academic internship, under the Academic Internship Program, is a planned and an approved credit-bearing work-based learning experience that integrates into your academic program, whether as a requirement or elective. Academic internships are limited with defined start and end dates, have a faculty instructor known as the faculty internship advisor, and have structured learning goals to guide the learning and reflection during and after the internship experience.

It is your responsibility, as a Whitworth student, to initiate the process to pursue academic internship credit (see Registering for Academic Credit below for instructions).

Internships and Field Studies are listed in the Whitworth Academic Catalog.

Registering for Academic Credit

It is important to start your internship search early as there are steps that must be completed 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 Guide, gaining 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.
  • 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 work site 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.
  • Internship credit is considered academic credit. 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 in to credit overload you must obtain additional approval to pursue internship credit from your academic advisor.
  • 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.

Once you have received approval from your faculty internship advisor and have read and understand the Academic Internship Guide:

During your academic internship, record your hours and activities worked on the Internship Time Log. Keep in mind, at the end of the internship, your internship work site 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

As part of the Whitworth Academic Internship Program's final requirements, you must complete the following:

  • Internship Exit Interview: The Internship Exit Interview is a 15-20 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 date 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 work site 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.

Important Dates & Timeline

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

Undergraduate Program: Sept. 9-Dec. 18, 2020

  • Sept. 9: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • Nov. 10: Last date to register an internship for academic credit. While this is the last date to register for internship credit, you are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to do so. 
  • Dec. 18: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and closing requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Adult Degree Program: Aug. 17-Dec. 18, 2020

  • Aug. 17: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement must begin on or after this date.
  • Nov. 10: Last date to register an internship for academic credit. While this is the last date to register for internship credit, you are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to do so. 
  • Dec. 18: Internship hours to be counted toward the credit hour requirement and closing requirements must be completed on or before this date.

Contact Information

Email
Kimberly Ortiz
kortiz@whitworth.edu

Phone
509.777.3344

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

Location
Hixson Union Building,
Second Floor