This page has been created to assist you with answering any questions you may have about the Internship Program on campus. Please feel free to contact the Office of Career Development at 573-876-7101 or x4101 if you need assistance after reviewing the information below.
An internship is:
- an opportunity for the student to apply classroom knowledge in a professional work setting
- a way to explore different career paths and potential emphasis areas of the student's major
- an entry-level learning experience that will better prepare a student for their future career
- an experience which will allow the student to meet and network with other "players" in their field
- a way to learn about a prospective employer's culture and management style
An internship is NOT:
- a part-time or full-time job or volunteer position
- an opportunity for the student to perform routine work/labor in return for a paycheck
What are the main differences between an internship and a part/full-time job or volunteer position?
An internship should strongly relate to the student's academic program and/or career goals. An internship should also be a learning experience for the intern. Try asking yourself, "Where do I want to be after I graduate? and How will this experience help prepare me to get there?" If you don't know where you want to be after you graduate, try asking yourself, "How will this experience help me figure out where I want to go?" An internship should assist you with the answers to these questions.
What are the internship requirements?
The internship must:
- be at least 140 hours
- relate to the student's academic program and/or career goals
- contain an academic/learning component
- have defined learning objectives
- be supervised at the internship site
- [can] be paid or unpaid
- be completed after taking the INT 210 Internship Development course, if applicable see check sheet for majors (retroactive credit will not be awarded)
- be approved by the Faculty Sponsor
- have a completed Internship Contract on file in the Office of Career Development before starting an internship
- turn in a log sheet of hours earned at the completion of your internship to the Career Development Office
How do I find an internship?
The Office of Career Development has available to you a database of employer contact information and available internships.
Please feel free to set up an appointment with Amanda Roberts, Director of Career Development, at [email protected] for assistance with researching internships. You can also view a list of helpful internships sites for your major by clicking HERE .
Other internship sources:
Create a new account at: http://stephens.optimalresume.com/
Steps to follow on Stephens web site
Click “Campus Life” on the menu
Click on “Career Development Office”
Click on “Career and Internship Search”
Current Jobs for Graduates
Login with email address:
GENERAL PASSWORD: scartjobs
Employers at career fairs and during on-campus recruiting
Current co-workers and supervisors
What is the process for establishing an internship?
- First successfully complete the INT 210 Internship Development course for your major (1 credit), if applicable see check sheet for your major.
- Carefully review the requirements of an internship. Talk to your Faculty Sponsor or the Office of Career Development if you need any clarification.
- Search and apply for internships that meet the applicable internship requirements.
- After the employer has selected you for the internship and you have accepted, obtain a copy of the Internship Contract. See below.
- Complete the contract in full and mail to: Amanda Roberts, Stephens College, Campus Box 2123, 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215; or drop them off to: Amanda Roberts in 211 Stamper Commons; or fax to 573-876-2323 before you begin working at your internship.
- Work at your internship following your employer's instructions.
- Turn in a log sheet of hours earned to the Career Development Office.
- Once you have completed your internship as discussed with your employer and have met the 140-hour requirement, you will need to successfully complete the appropriate post-internship class for your major. You may need to refer to the check sheet for your major and/or consult with your advisor to determine the required course for your major.
Contracts are available in the Career Development Office or you can download a contract by clicking HERE. If you download the contract, please type in the required information prior to printing off the document for signatures.
Internship Log Sheet:
We ask for you to record the hours you work and receive signatures from your supervisor. This provides students, academic departments and the Career Development Office a written document that states you have successfully completed the required hours. This is beneficial to you when completing degree paperwork for graduation with your advisor. Click HERE to download the official log sheet.
What are the expectations of me in my role as an intern?
INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES AND POLICIES
An internship should strongly relate to my academic program and/or career goals.
- An internship should also be a learning experience for the intern.
- An internship is not a part-time job or volunteer position.
- It is the responsibility of the intern to get his/her internship approved by a faculty sponsor prior to beginning an internship.
- It is the responsibility of the intern to complete and submit the Internship Contract to the Career Development Office prior beginning an internship.
- I must have first successfully completed the appropriate, Internship Development course [INT 210], for my major.
- I understand that any internship completed prior to my involvement in the INT 210 course does not qualify as an internship that meets my degree requirements if applicable to my major.
- I realize all of my internship paperwork must be on file in the Office of Career Development prior to the start of my internship in order for my internship to qualify as a degree requirement internship.
- I understand it is my responsibility as an intern to complete any/all academic assignments, classes, and/or internship hour requirements associated with an internship for my major.
- I will immediately notify the Office of Career Development should any changes in my internship status (layoff, cutback in hours, or dismissal) occur.
- It is expected I will conduct myself in a professional manner and maintain the confidentiality of any privileged information gained while working at my internship.
- After starting my internship, should I have any difficulties/issues with my internship site/supervisor, another employee, or any other aspect of my internship; I understand that I may contact the Office of Career Development for advice/guidance.
- An internship may be discontinued under justifiable circumstances after careful consultation with the intern, faculty sponsor, site supervisor and Office of Career Development.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take the INT 210 Internship Development course?
- The INT 210 Internship Development course is usually taken during a student's Junior year and must occur before seeking an internship, if applicable see the check sheet for your major. While the class is open to all students for enrollment, it is recommended that students take the class either during their Sophomore or Junior year.
When will I do my internship?
- Because it can be difficult to do an internship while taking classes, students usually do their internship in the summer. The vast majority of students will take their internship during the summer between their Junior and Senior year. Any internship you wish to count towards your degree must take place after you have taken and successfully completed the INT 210 Internship Development course, if applicable see the check sheet for your major, and submitted a completed Internship Contract. No retroactive credit will be granted.
Can I do more than one internship?
- Students are welcome to do as many internships as they like. However, only one internship can be counted for academic degree requirements.
Which post-internship class do I need to take? Do I need to take a post-internship class?
- You will need to refer to the check sheet for your major and/or speak with your advisor to determine this answer. Typically, students will take either BUS 496, FAS 496, or EBM 494 (2 credits). However, there is variation among majors.
Why is an internship required for my major?
- Internships are important for preparing you for a professional career. They can help you discover what areas of emphasis you like and dislike, as well as give you important career skills applicable to your field. You should consult the check sheet for your major and/or advisor for requirements specific to your major.
Will Stephens College provide me with an internship?
- Stephens College will not provide you with an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to go through the process of searching and applying for any internships s/he is interested in. This process will help the student prepare for exiting college having already learned important job searching skills. However, the Office of Career Development is here to provide resources and assist you in building a resume, writing a cover letter and/or preparing you for an interview. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Office of Career Development to learn how to search for internships. In addition, there are a variety of workshops on campus to assist with the process. We will go over job search process in the INT 210 Internship Development course as well.