Recently, I got an internship at a boutique in downtown Nyack. When I got the job, my boss asked if I needed internship experience for my degree, and I told her that I would look into it.
I am a Business major with a concentration in Marketing and a double minor in Bible and Youth and Family Studies. Because of my double minor, I have a packed schedule if I plan to finish in four years. So, if I find an opportunity to get credits for my degree outside of class, I try and take it.
If you’re looking to make an internship count for your degree, here are a few steps you can take to make it happen!
1) Go to Registrar. Go into the Registrar offices in Shuman Hall, and ask one of the lovely ladies for a “Learning Contract for an Internship” packet. It’s a bright pink packet with guidelines, and everything else you will need.
2) Talk to a professor. Talk to any professor in your major and ask if you could get credits for your internship. In the business department, an internship is not required, but it is possible to get credit for one.
3) Talk to your boss. Make your boss aware of this option that you have, and ask them if they would be willing to assist you in accomplishing the necessary steps. My internship is very focused on me actually learning, so my boss was very excited when I told her about this opportunity.
4) Choose a mentor. In order to get credits, you will have to have regular meetings with a mentor. The mentor can be any professor in your department, preferably one you know and have had classes with before (I chose Professor Harlt because I have had her for several of my business classes). You will have to meet twice for each credit you want the internship to count for. So, for example, if you want it to count for 2 credits, you will have to meet 4 times during the semester (the cap is at 3 credits).
5) Understand what you’re getting yourself into. Before taking this on, be sure you can accomplish it. The four parts of the process are Purposes- state learning goals, amount, and level; Activities- the relationship between your learning activities and learning goals; Methods and Evaluation- determine how your progress will be evaluated, and Schedule- list times to meet with your mentor.
All of the responsibility for this process falls on the student, so don’t take this lightly. But, if you have an internship and need some extra credits, give it a shot!