INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your field of study while also receiving college credit.  To navigate the process you can refer to the Student Checklist or review the frequently asked questions below.

When should I complete an internship?

We encourage UVU students to complete one or more internships before graduation.  Most UVU students complete internships during their junior or senior year.  However, we also encourage students in freshman and sophomore years to complete exploratory internships.  Internships are available for students of varying skills level and your advisor can help you to determine when an internship will best fit into your academic plans.

How do I get college credit for an internship?

  1. Meet with your Department Internship Coordinator and complete a learning agreement.

    • If you are a University College major or are undecided, you will need to contact the Department Internship Coordinator for the University College: Mike Jensen, 801-863-7090 or jensenmi@uvu.edu
    • If you are not a resident of the U.S., contact the International Center (WB 147, 801-863-8342) to determine eligibility prior to searching for internship opportunities
  2. Determine how many credits you would like to register for; Check with your advisor for internship requirements. (In general, 75 working hours in a semester = 1 credit)
  3. Confirm that a Master Agreement Form has been signed between UVU and the internship provider.
  4. Complete the online Internship Orientation.
  5. Your Department Internship Coordinator or advisor will now clear you to enroll in an internship course and receive credit. Once registered, the course will appear on your class schedule for the semester.
  6. Begin working and continue to communicate with the Department Internship Coordinator. Your final grade for the internship will be given by your Department Internship Coordinator.

 

When should I register for credit?

An internship is just like any other course—you must register with your Department Internship Coordinator BEFORE beginning your internship and within the general add/drop registration timelines. Regular registration deadlines also apply for students seeking financial aid to help with their tuition costs.

*Please note that credit will not be given for past experience.

What does my Internship Supervisor need to do?

Each organization that hosts a UVU intern must have a Master Internship Agreement on file with UVU Internship Services. This agreement outlines the responsibilities of the student, the internship provider and UVU. You can view agreements on file on the Internship Providers page. The Master Internship Agreement can be downloaded and returned to LC 409, or by email to internships@uvu.edu or by fax to 801-863-8051.

Internship Supervisors should mentor the intern in a professional manner and be available to answer questions and assist with tasks as needed.

Additionally, the internship provider may also be asked to complete mid-term and end-of-semester student evaluations.

 

What does my Department Internship Coordinator require?

Each department at UVU sets their own guidelines for internships and each department coordinator may have developed a course syllabus for internships. You may have academic assignments such as research papers, daily journal entries, portfolio, a weekly check-in, etc. Be sure to obtain a copy of the course syllabus and clarify expectations before starting your internship. Part of your grade may depend on the assignments you complete.

 

 
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