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Internship Program

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Wayne State College encourages students to take part in an Internship experience to gain practical work experience directly related to the student’s major, minor, or professional interest. To be competitive in today’s job market, practical work experience in their field of study is needed.  Besides gaining relevant or hands on work experience, students can earn college credit and possibly an income to help pay for college as well as network with professionals in their field of study.

 

To help facilitate a mutually beneficial work experience for the employer and student, each Internship that is set up through Career Services will be monitored by our office.

 

  Related Information
 

Internship Job Search Links

  Internship Assignments

Contact Person

Jessie Piper
Internship Coordinator
402-375-7527

jepiper2@wsc.edu

 

 

Benefits of doing an internship

Beat the "catch 22". You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience
Test the waters in a chosen field and assess the suitability of your career choice before entering the workforce full-time
Apply academic knowledge and theoretical concepts to a practical work setting, which makes learning more interesting
Gain experience, receive academic credit and possibly earn a paycheck
Take advantage of the opportunity to live and work in other parts of the United States and abroad
Gain important soft skills (such as communication, teamwork, cooperation and interpersonal skills) essential to today's work environment
Learn more about the expectations and needs of employers
Develop independence and maturity
Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities with professionals in your field
Enhance your resume writing, job search and interview skills
Acquire program-relevant work experience, which is a plus when applying to graduate school or
full-time jobs
Have the ability to maintain full-time student status

 

 

Eligibility

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in an Internship:

 

  To be eligible for enrollment in the Internship Program through Career Services a student must:
  Have completed 24 credit hours prior to their Internship experience.
  Have a minimum 2.0 GPA and maintain the minimum 2.0 GPA throughout their tenure with the Internship program.
  Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during each Fall or Spring semester.  No minimum hour requirement is needed for Summer experiences while participating in an Internship experience.

 

NOTE: Internships through academic departments may require their own eligibility requirements.

 

 

Securing Your Internship

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in an Internship:

 

  1. Students are expected to apply for Internships or related part time jobs to gain hands on experience. Contact your Internship Coordinator to schedule a time to revise your resume, review your application materials, and discuss places you could possibly intern.
  2. Once your have secured a position - the student should confirm their work schedule, discuss learning objectives, and what your job duties will be with your employer as well as inform your employer about their requirements as your internship supervisor.
  3. Next, contact your academic advisor to inform them of your position and role.  Then notify Career Services by "Reporting Your Internship/Co-op Hire" on Cat Tracks.

 

 

Register on Cat Tracks

  To register for an Internship experience students should:
  1.

Students can report their Internship/Co-op Hire or register on their own from any device with internet connection or by scheduling a meeting with our WSC Internship Coordinator.

  2. Students will need to log on to the Cat Tracks System by accessing E-campus. The Cat Tracks link can be found under the Student Support tab. Once your student profile is created and you are “in” the system you will need to click on the Report an Internship/Co-op Hire link on found on the left hand side of the screen. Select the term in which you will complete the majority of your experience. If you are reporting a job that you applied for through Cat Tracks, then it should show up in your My Jobs list and you can select it from there. If you found or applied for this position outside the Cat Tracks System, then you will need to click on the Other tab and enter your Organization’s name and your Job Title – before you click save.
  3. You will be prompted to complete the Report an Internship/Co-op Hire registration form by entering information about your position. So please have your supervisor’s name, title, phone number, and email available as well as the company’s complete address, approximate start and end dates, wage, and estimated # of hours you will work per week. You will also need to know who your WSC Academic Advisor is or who you will be reporting your internship to as well as their email address, your current GPA, # of credit hours you’ll have completed prior to the start of this experience, and the number of credits you wish to apply for – for this experience. NOTE: Any field with a red * beside it - is a required field & must be filled out before you can save. This system will timeout after one hour – and will not save incomplete forms, so you must promptly submit your information.
  4. To ensure that your application was successfully submitted - please send a quick email to me at: jepiper2@wsc.edu stating that you applied on Cat Tracks, what department you want the credits to go towards and any other details that will help me process your application.
  5.

Once you have submitted your information – the system will notify me, the Internship Coordinator, that you are Awaiting Internship Approval. I will review the information you provided and initiate an electronic approval process - once I feel your application is complete. This process may take a week or more, but once the approval process is complete – you will be notified by email that you are officially registered for your Internship.

 

NOTE: You will NOT register for your internship using Wildcats Online. You will use Cat Tracks for those experiences whether they are for “school credit” or for “transcript notation”.

 

 

Receiving Credit or Transcript Notation

 

Students may apply for 1-12 credit hours or for Transcript Notation. The approval of and the amount of credit given for each experience is determined by the advisor and the chair of each department.

 

Please Note: Students cannot obtain more than12 credit hours through the Internship program during your college career.

  Credit can go toward general electives or may be substituted for program electives within your major if approved. Students should consult with their academic advisor to make this determination.
  The level and number of credits will be determined by your academic advisor or department chair and will be listed as course number 297, 397 or 497.
  Credit hours will be billed through the Business Office. There is no charge for completing an Internship experience for transcript notation.
  The student must work a minimum of 50 work hours per credit hour for the experience to be noted on their official transcript.  Students may work more hours than required, however, no additional credits will be given.
 

Internships registered as a 297 or 397 will be issued a Satisfactory (S) grade once all requirements are met. If the student does not complete their internship requirements – then they will be issued a No Credit (NC) for their experience. NC means the student has failed to fulfill their requirements hence - no credit will be issued for that experience and those credit hours will not be refunded. Occasionally, an In Progress (IP) will be noted on the student’s report card until their requirements are fulfilled. This usually means the required paperwork or the minimum number of work hours has not been met due to changes in the internship agreement that are outside of the student’s control.

 

NOTE: 297 and 397 internships will not affect your GPA, but 497 internships are given a letter grade and will affect your GPA.

  Once the student has completed all of their internship requirements an email will be sent to their acting academic advisor at the end of the semester – informing them that all requirements have been completed. Attachments of their paperwork will be included as well as a reminder to issue their student’s grade. Faculty can do this by assigning a grade as normal at the end of the semester or they can contact the Registrar’s Office and let her know what experience the student completed and what grade they would like issued. If the student is having their experience noted on their transcript an email notification will go out, with the same attachments, but I will notify Karla directly to ask her to add the transcript notation for the student.
  The student’s status in Cat Tracks is then changed to “Completed” – which seals the student’s internship record – so they are not allowed to edit any information from that point on.

 

 

Billing

  Opportunities for Internships tend to arise year-round.  Should an opportunity present itself after the official class drop-add date, students can still sign up mid-semester and receive credit for the current semester.  However, payment for that credit is required before a student will be officially enrolled.

 

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