Q: Can I arrange an internship with my current employer?
A: Effective spring 2010, it may be possible if certain conditions are met. First, you cannot have been working in that placement for more than 6 months. Second, you must obtain a different supervisor to report to during your internship. Finally, you must clearly demonstrate that the internship differs from your job.
Q: Can I complete the internship over the summer and then apply for credit in the fall?
A: No. The hours that you work in your internship must be completed during the semester in which you register. Retroactive credit cannot be given for internships.
Q: How do I get an internship?
A: Internships are competitive because they are in great demand. You will need to identify and apply for an internship, just as you would for a job. It will be your responsibility to procure the internship prior to enrolling in a credit-bearing class. If needed, ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services can help you line up possible internship sites, write a cover letter, and prepare a resume. Visit ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services page for more information on finding an internship.
Q: Can I work an internship that’s not on the SST Internship Opportunities List?
A: Yes. You can arrange your own internship as long as it meets the School of Social Transformation’s requirements. Arrange a meeting with the SST Internship Coordinator to start the process.
Q: How many hours do I have to work per week?
A: To earn 3 credit hours you must work a total of 135 hours. During the fall and spring semesters, this works out to be about 8 hours a week on the job.
Q: What do I have to do besides work at my internship?
A: In addition to working your internship hours, you are required to register for credit. As an intern you are expected to complete career-related assignments, write one reflective papers, record all internship hours, and your site supervisor will be asked to submit one final evaluation about your performance during the semester.
Q: Can I receive internship credit if I am being paid or receiving a stipend?
A: Yes. While internship providers are not expected to compensate interns, if you find an internship that is paid you can still earn academic credit for the internship.
Q: Will I receive a grade for my internship?
A: Yes. Students will work with internship coordinator to determine grade.
Q: Can my internship count for one of my major requirements?
A: Internships for Women and Gender Studies or Asian Pacific American Studies are required for the majors. Justice Studies internships count only as electives.
Q: I am an online student. Can I still do an internship?
A: Yes, you can do an internship in your area, and we can work with that site to complete the paperwork. Your tuition will be based on the number of credits you complete.
Q: OK, I am ready to do an internship. What are my next steps?
A: See below.