Who should complete an internship?
Everyone! Internships provide beneficial pre-professional experience and allow students an opportunity to learn more about a career path they are interested in. Internships look great on resumes and help in developing important networking relationships. There are internships available in every major that can provide educational opportunities outside of required college courses.
Some majors may require internships for graduation. Check with your Department Internship Coordinator or advisor to find out the requirements and opportunities specific to your major.
What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience, relevant to your major. You can earn 1 college credit for every 75 hours of work completed.
An internship must:
- be work experience directly related to your major.
- be approved by your academic department.
- involve a mentor or supervisor at the internship location.
Students without a declared major should see a member of Internship Services staff for information regarding an exploratory internship through University College. Exploratory level internships are a great opportunity for students to "test drive" careers - giving you the chance to see what workers in that industry do on a daily basis.
When should you complete your internship?
How do you get started?
- Select a site to complete your internship with help from UVU Career Counselors, the UV Job Board, your advisor or Department Internship Coordinator, or refer to our Internship Resources page.
- Complete the required Internship Orientation.
- Determine how much time you can devote to an internship. A 20-hour work week over 3 months will earn you 4 credits. Every 5-hours in your work week will earn you 1 credit at the end of the semester....you do the math!
- Register for internship credit by meeting with your Department Internship Coordinator.
- Complete your internship during the semester you have registered for credit (we cannot give credit for past experiences).
- Report serious problems, including physical, safety, and personnel, to the organization supervisor and the UVU Department Internship Coordinator.
- Complete all UVU academic assignments and course-work related to this internship as outlined by your Department Internship Coordinator.