What is an Internship?
An internship prepares Trinity students for careers through academic training and work experience in a student’s chosen field. An internship allows a student to:
- Apply theory to practice;
- Try out a career choice before committing to it;
- Develop skills and confidence in their abilities;
- Gain valuable skills sought after by employers;
- Begin the process of career networking and obtaining employment contacts
How Do I Find an Internship?
Before a Trinity student begins to look for an internship, a decision should be made whether s/he would like to complete an internship for credit or noncredit, paid or unpaid. Particular application instructions pertain to each choice. Once that has been determined, the process of finding an internship is the same as finding a job:
- Network: Let people know you are looking for an internship in your field.
- Research: Explore internship opportunities within Trinity Connections and Career-Related Web Links from the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning in addition to other web resources.
- Learn: Find out as much as you can about the organization by contacting other students, alumnae or employees who’ve worked there.
- Prepare: Update/create your resume and cover letter, obtain feedback from the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning, and practice interviewing. Schedule an appointment
- Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to the contact person for the position. If necessary, follow up at an appropriate time.
The Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning serves as the university’s official office for internship approvals and is the only office that can provide approval for these requests. As a result, all requests should be submitted in a timely fashion in order to aid with timely approvals.
Please direct all internship approval questions and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internships for Credit or Non-credit
Once an internship has been obtained, the student must complete an Internship_Learning_Agreement form (accessible version). The agreement form requires a job description on company letterhead, in addition to an explanation of learning outcomes using the Learning Outcomes Skill List. The student should fill out the form completely and correctly and obtain all necessary signatures before submitting the agreement to the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. If the student is seeking credit for the internship, s/he must enroll in the appropriate class associated with the internship. The completed Internship Agreement form must be received by the ADD/DROP deadline in order to receive credit and a grade for the semester. An evaluation is to be completed by faculty supervisor and/or site supervisor once the internship is complete. Please note: the internship agreement form must be filled out and submitted for all non-federal internships (i.e. paid/unpaid, credit/non-credit) . Please contact the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning for more information on the application process.
Internship for Credit (Non-Federal Pathways) Eligibility
- Students seeking credit for an internship must be enrolled at least half-time and must register for the appropriate internship class (interdisciplinary study, etc.) by add/drop period.
- Must be in good academic standing and the experience has to be relevant to the student’s course of study.
Paid (Non- Federal Pathways) Internship Eligibility
- Must be in enrolled at least half-time, in good academic standing, and the experience has to be relevant to the student’s course of study.
Approval Process (Credit/Non-Credit)
- As soon as a student begins to consider participating in an internship for credit or non-credit, s/he must inform the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Immediate notification is essential since the approval process involves several offices.
- Student must provide Internship_Learning_Agreement and a job description on company letterhead completed and correctly filled out.
- Student must fill out the learning outcomes statement (on page 2 of the agreement), using the Learning Outcomes Skill List, completely and thoroughly to explain how the position matches their career goals and aspirations.
- Upon receipt of the approval forms (with every appropriate signature), job description on letterhead and learning outcomes statement, our office enforces a minimum of a 48-hour response time for an update on the request (pending there are no setbacks).
Federal Internships: The Pathways Program
Effective July 2012, the government’s popular federal internship program is now known as The Internship Program under the new Federal Pathways Program. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), The Internship Program is for current students and it replaces the previously known Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). While this new federal program has been re-designed, it is important to note that it is largely modeled after the previous SCEP program and as a result will have similar characteristics.
Federal Pathways Student Eligibility
- Student must be a current student enrolled at least half-time or full-time.
- Student must be in academic good standing as defined by Trinity.
- Student’s job must be related to academic career goals or field of study.
- As soon as a student begins to consider participating in a Federal Internship Program, s/he must inform the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Immediate notification is essential since the approval process involves several offices at both Trinity and the agency.
- Student must provide federal approval forms and federal job description completed and correctly filled out from the agency immediately following the agency’s offer.
- Student must provide a learning outcomes statement that explains how the position matches their career goals and aspirations.
- Upon receipt of the approval forms, job description and learning outcomes statement, the Office of Career Services enforces a minimum of a 48-hour response time for an update on the request (pending there are no setbacks).