Internships are field experience opportunities where you will work under a site supervisor for the duration of the course. You will complete tasks as requested by your site supervisor and report on your experiences through journals, reflection assignments, and evaluations.
Depending on your major:
You can take a 6-credit hour internship. You would specify 6-credit hours and 360 contact hours on your paperwork. A 6-credit hour internship is rare due to the amount of contact hours required in an 8 (LUO) or 16-week (RES and LUO) course. This, of course, would require double the amount of hours/work on your part and your site supervisor’s part.
The first 3 credit hours of your internship must be completed within your major – not your minor. Internships must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course. Additionally, you cannot receive credit for an internship that you have completed but were not registered for prior to interning.
You may find that you like your internship so much that you want to continue for more than one semester. If so, you will need to fill out a separate contract for each additional semester you want course credit.
We recommend that all students contact the Career Center to start the process of looking for internships – this is your first point of contact. They can help equip you with the resources needed to locate a suitable internship opportunity. Look for the appointment link to request an appointment with a Career Counselor.
The Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals in your area and around the world. It is recommended that you visit our Career Fairs. Here you’ll have access to Liberty University’s ever-expanding network of professionals looking for new talent. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network and to learn what positions are available. The Career Center website contains information for all Liberty talent, including residential, online, and alumni. All students have access to Career Counselors as well. Residential students meet in person, and online students have exclusive rights to phone appointments.
Additionally, the Career Center has created a resource for internship opportunities through Handshake, a cloud-based solution that connects students and alumni with career opportunities and events. Handshake has more than 500 schools and over 9 million students and alumni in its network. 250,000+ employers and Fortune 500 companies actively use Handshake to recruit. You can find internships as well as full-time positions through Handshake.
You may acquire a position outside of the Career Center; however, there is important information you will need pertaining to paid and unpaid positions. In general, if you intern with a For-profit company/organization you should be paid at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for all contact hours. Non-paid exceptions regarding For-profit internships can be found by reviewing Fact Sheet #71 through an internet search. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from the minimum wage payment requirement, but some of these are starting to pay as well. Whether your internship is paid or not, the experience is what you are looking for, so measure carefully as to what you will gain through the experience when considering an internship.
You must be directly supervised by a site supervisor who has a degree in your area of study or has considerable documented experience in the given field – at least 3-5 years of experience.
To be eligible for an internship, you must have:
All students intending to complete an ARTS 499 Internship must attend an internship workshop the semester before completing the internship in which detailed instructions are given. For internship workshop dates, look for BlackBoard announcements posted in residential classes toward the beginning of each semester. You can also contact your faculty internship advisor, Joel Cockrell firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what you do:
*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, allow for plenty of time to register. Contact Joel Cockrell at email@example.com with any questions.
The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry: