What is a Career Exploration Internship?
An internship provides the opportunity for students to receive valuable insight into their chosen field by working part-time in a business or organization. The intent of this program is to offer students an opportunity to explore job possibilities, especially freshman, sophomores and students in departments without internships.
Please talk with your faculty advisor and the internship coordinator within your major. If you are eligible to earn credit through your major, that is usually the best choice for you.
A list of internship coordinators for academic departments.
If you choose not to earn credit through your major department, you may be eligible to earn elective credit through the Career Exploration Internship (IDST 287).
IDST 287 Course Outline (Docx)
US Dept of Labor Guidelines for unpaid internships (PDF)
IDST 287 Application (Docx)
IDST 287 Supervisor Evaluation (Docx)
Learning Objectives Overview (PDF)
IDST 287 Timesheet (XLS)
IDST 287 Self Evaluation (Docx)
Am I eligible?
Most likely you can take IDST 287 if your academic department doesn't offer internships, if you are not yet eligible for your departments internship, or if you want to supplement the departmental internship requirements and opportunities. As long as you're in good academic standing (2.5+ GPA), you're eligible.
Why should I apply?
There are many benefits to a career exploration internship, including meeting important professional contacts, getting a change of pace and equipping yourself for life after college. It also looks good on your resume because it is real experience!
How do I get one?
Credit hours are determined by number of hours worked on-site. They work out as follows.
|90 total hours||= 2 Credit Hours|
|135 total hours||= 3 Credit Hours|
|180 total hours||= 4 Credit Hours|
|225 total hours||= 5 Credit Hours|
In addition to the hours you work at your internship, there are academic requirements associated with your elective internship, which may include:
For Additional Information Contact:
Kristi Mackay, Linfield College, Office of Career Development Melrose 010, 503-883-2606, firstname.lastname@example.org