Employer Internship Toolkit - Department/Major Requirements

Department Requirements


Table of Contents

Art & Design  |  Biology  |  CAPS  |  Chemistry  |  Clinical Sciences  |  College of Business |  Criminal Justice

Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences  |  Economics  |  Education, Leadership & Public Service 

Engineering Technology  |  English  |  History  |  Math & Computer Science 

Modern Languages & Literature  |  Music  |  Nursing  |  Philosophy  |  Physics  

Political Science & Public Service  |  Psychology  |  School of Health & Human Performance  |  Social Work

Sociology/Anthropology  |  Technology & Applied Sciences  |  Technology & Occupational Sciences

Art & Design

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • We have the option of a student doing a paid or unpaid internship (paid are, of course, more popular)
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • How much contact per week
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • A very detailed description of activities (must be relevant to the student’s field)
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Contact the Department Head (Daric Christian – dachrist@nmu.edu; 906-227-2194) or the main office (Principal Secretary, Andrea Wrubel – awrubel@nmu.edu; 906-227-2194) to get information to the correct faculty member.
    • Faculty members will inform students in a particular major.
    • For an employer setting up an internship, they should speak to the faculty member to make sure the students in that area have the appropriate skill set.

 

Biology

Internship Information: http://www.nmu.edu/biology/internship-information

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
    • In all majors, students can use BI 499 – Internship as an elective toward graduation.
    • An internship in the appropriate area can significantly improve a student’s chances of finding employment after graduation; this is particularly true for students in the areas of Fisheries and Wildlife management and Ecology. Internships can also help a student get into the professional school or graduate school of their choice.
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Either paid or unpaid
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • Nothing is required
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Will the internship be paid or unpaid?
    • When does the internship begin and end?
    • Is there any prior experience required to be placed in the internship?
    • Are there any hazards associated with the internship that would require the student to complete an informed consent form?
    • What are the planned responsibilities, e.g. tasks and activities, expected of the student and learning opportunities provided to the student?
    • Are there specific learning outcomes associated with the internship?
    • Are there specific ways these learning outcomes will be assessed?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Internships are typically initiated by students, who then work with their adviser or a faculty member to process the paperwork needed. The Department Head (John Rebers – jrebers@nmu.edu; 906-227-1585) processes most of the required paperwork.
    • We have an email list we use to send information about internships to Biology students who have chosen to subscribe to the list. About half of the Biology faculty are subscribed and periodically post information to the list.
  

CAPS

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/caps/job-and-internship-opportunities

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • The only majors that require an internship are:
      • Communication Studies
      • Multimedia Journalism (or practicum)
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Either paid or unpaid (depends on the organization)
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • Learning Objectives
      • To adapt and apply knowledge and skills gained in the collegiate major in a workplace environment.
      • To gain experience managing multiple tasks and interpersonal relationships related to careers in a desired field of employment.
      • To obtain new perspectives and abilities in the process of managing tasks coordinated by the on-site supervisor for the internship.
    • Job Description
      • Outline the planned responsibilities (e.g. tasks and activities) expected of the student and the learning opportunities provided to the student that will help achieve the learning outcomes.
    • Outcome Reports
      • Site Supervisor to evaluate the student both halfway through the internship and again at the end on the following criteria:
        • Quality of work
        • Written communication
        • Oral communication
        • Problem solving/critical thinking
        • Information and technical literacy
        • Ability to learn
        • Team work
        • Leadership
        • Initiative
        • Judgment
        • Work habits
        • Personal attitudes
        • Ability to work in field
        • Overall performance of student
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Any details of the job that may relate to the student’s field of study and career goals
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • One credit = 50 hours of work
    • A completed and approved Course Registration form
    • To receive a satisfactory grade for the internship, students must:
      • Complete the number of hours they signed up for
      • Submit a brief site-supervisor progress report halfway through the internship establishing that at least satisfactory progress is being made by the student in fulfilling responsibilities and meeting learning objectives.
      • At the end, submit a completed employer’s evaluation form again stating the student has satisfied the responsibilities of the internship.
      • Complete a self-evaluation form.
      • Write a brief student reflection paper outlining what was accomplished during the internship and the extend which each of the learning objectives were met.
  • Other information:
    • There must be an established affiliation agreement on file with the company (except if the internship is being done on-campus) before an internship can be approved.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • The Site-Supervisor and the NMU Adviser work with the student throughout the process.
    • Main office: Principal Secretary – Michelle Inman;  minman@nmu.edu; 906-227-2045
 

 

Chemistry

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/chemistry/summer-interships

  • Is an internship required to graduate? No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid? Typically they have been unpaid but either is ok with us
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description? The department wants to know the contact information for the internship supervisor, the approximate number of hours per week the student will be interning, the length of the internship and a brief description of the project the intern will work on. 
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour? Typically we expect in the ballpark of 40 contact hours per credit hour earned, similar to a lab course in the department.
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major? If the site is a forensic lab, they should contact Marsha Lucas (mlucas@nmu.edu); otherwise, the department head.
 

 

Clinical Sciences

(Includes CLS, Surgical Tech & Radiography)

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/clinicalsciences/internships

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Radiography requires admission from Pre-Rad program. 1st year is at MGH; 2nd year at other sites. Surg. Tech. is similar.
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Not paid – part of accreditation to not be paid. Credit-earning.
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
    • Internships are with pre-arranged sites
    • Prerequisites for internships, including GPA
    • Do not recommend students seek out their own internship opportunities at non-participating organizations – the facilities need to meet the accreditation standards.
    • Competitive application program – the first step is meeting with the academic adviser.
    • Deadline is early – summer (December 10 of previous year); winter (April 10)
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
  • If an organization wishes to set up a program, they are always looking for affiliates to do many internships; it can be difficult to set up internships for a single student.
 

 

College of Business

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/business/internship-eligibility-and-responsibilities

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Yes
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Typically require that interns be paid. Exceptions can be made.
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • The employer will be responsible for providing a meaningful work experience for the student.  Skills the student possesses should be utilized by assignment to appropriate tasks. Supervision and guidance must be available to the student in a professional environment. A document outlining the job duties and level of supervision of the student is required for students applying for internship credit, and must be approved (along with the other documents submitted by the student as part of his or her application for internship credit) by the College of Business internship coordinator prior to student beginning the internship.

      The employer will sign bi-weekly status reports written by the student in order to verify their accuracy. At the end of the internship, the employer will complete an evaluation of the student, his/her performance and strengths and weaknesses of the academic program. The College of Business internship coordinator should be contacted in the event of problems that occur with the student.

  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • 100 hours of internship experience = 1 credit hour
  • Other information:
    • The employer must sign a contract with NMU (this is only done once).
    • Must be a REAL learning experience and have measurable outcomes.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Accounting, Finance & Information Systems: Ms. Carol Johnson - carjohns@nmu.edu; 906-227-2900
    • Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship: Dr. Brian Zinser - bzinser@nmu.edu; 906-227-1810

 

Criminal Justice

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?

 

Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/eegs/internships

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Either paid or unpaid is acceptable
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • For every 40 hours worked, 1 credit may be earned
    • Students can register for 2-6 credits of GC 491
  • Other information: Students will keep a log of their hours with the activities performed each day that they work on the internship. At the end of the period they will write a reflection paper and will complete a form evaluating the experience.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Jana Nicholls, Principal Secretary, 3001 New Science Facility, janprice@nmu.edu, 227-2500
 

 

Economics

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Not required or recommended
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
    • We encourage students looking to enter the financial services industry to find part-time or full-time employment.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Education, Leadership & Public Service

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Yes. Undergraduate & graduate programs all require internships.
      • Undergraduate teacher education – 11 credit student teaching internship
      • Undergraduate special education has an additional 4 credit practicum
      • Learning Disabilities – 3 credits
      • Educational Administration – 1-4 credits
      • Education Specialist – 3 credits
      • Reading Specialist – 2 credits
      • Masters of Biology Post-Secondary Education – 3 credits
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Depends on the employer. The majority are unpaid.
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • Each course has its own rubric and evaluation for the internship. They are embedded in the course syllabus.
    • We also follow the AQIP Project recommendations for internships conducted on-campus.
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Each course has its own rubric and evaluation for the internship. They are embedded in the course syllabus.
    • We also follow the AQIP Project recommendations for internships conducted on-campus.
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • All internship requirements for hours follow the normal requirements for credit hour requirements combining in-class and out-of-class recommendations for expected hours.
    • Undergraduate student teaching is 16 weeks
    • Undergraduate special education practicum is 4 weeks
    • MBPSE and ED graduate programs run 8-16 weeks dependent upon the agreement worked out with the internship site and the student.
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?

Engineering Technology

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/engineeringtechnology/employment-permanent-and-internships

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
    • We highly encourage all students to do at least one internship
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • All are paid
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • It needs to specify what type of experience the student will get and what area they will be working in
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Housing availability & compensation are the first questions for many students.
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • We seldom see internships for credit – we generally like to see about two weeks per experience (80 hours) per credit, although it varies depending on the situation.
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?

 

  English

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/english/student-forms

EN 491 Course Description

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
  

History

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/history/internship-opportunities

HS 491 Course Description

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Math & Computer Science

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/mathandcomputerscience/internships

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Mathematics - no
    • Computer Science - no
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Mathematics – no requirement either way
    • Computer Science - no requirement either way
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • Mathematics - no
    • Computer Science - Computer Science-related tasks, such as, network design and installation, software programming, testing, documentation, and user training would be considered as appropriate job duties for an intern. In addition to providing a work experience for the student, the internship must also provide a learning environment where the student can gain technical skills in the field of computer science. The student must be working under a mentor or expert that can provide training and guidance to the student. A work environment where the student is the expert would not qualify as a valid CS Internship.
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Mathematics - no
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Modern Languages & Literature

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/languages/internships-and-apprenticeships

Course Descriptions for: FR 491X, GR 491X, SN 491X

  • Is an internship required to graduate? No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid? No 
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description? For SN credit, most of the work must happen in Spanish, French for FR, German for GR. Internships with an international dimension, regardless of language, can use the IP prefix. 
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour? 30 hours per credit
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major? Department Head (currently Tim Compton)
 

 

Music

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Nursing

The Nursing programs do not have regular internships. Students must complete courses in their program that utilize placements in medical facilities. 

  

Philosophy

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Not applicable
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • No
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • No
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • Not applicable
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Physics

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Not applicable
    • We strongly encourage our students to get involved in summer research/internship programs for their benefit in applying to graduate school and for the experience those provide. We have not usually provided any credit for this.
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • No
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • No
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • No
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Political Science & Public Service

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • Paralegal – internship is required
    • Master's in Public Administration (MPA) - yes, required
    • Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) - yes, required
    • Optional for other programs
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Most are unpaid
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • We require a worthwhile educational experience.
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
    • The exact number hours a student must devote to the internship depends on the number of internship credit hours a student registers for. 
    • 1 credit hour = 37.5 work hours
  • Other information:
    • Students are required to produce an internship paper.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Psychology

Course Descriptions: PY 492A PracticumPY 492B Advanced Practicum

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

School of Health & Human Performance

Course Descriptions:  ATR 499 Internship in Athletic Training, HL 491 (Management of Health & Fitness)PE 491 Workshop in Physical EducationPE 492 Internship in Physical EducationRE 492 Internship

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
    • No
    • We prefer our students have that experience.
    • Students must register for internship credit with the university and one credit is equivalent to 45 hours of service. Generally, students register for 2-3 credits of an internship.
    • As Athletic Training transitions to a Master’s program, it will likely become a requirement.
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
    • Either
    • Majority of Athletic Training internships are unpaid.
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
    • Hands-on experience
    • Must relate to their community health course objectives
    • Must be mutually agreed upon
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
    • Must be mutually agreed upon
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?Other information:
    • See Athletic Training syllabus
    • Community Health students have to do 20 hours of mandatory volunteer service in the community as a part of their class requirement. Students will pick agencies based on their areas of interest and volunteer there. We approve the agency if it looks like a good fit for them.
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Community Health – Dr. Yuba Gautam: ygautam@nmu.edu; 906-227-1353
    • Management of Health & Fitness – Professor Barb Coleman: bcoleman@nmu.edu; 906-227-1141
    • Outdoor Recreation & Leadership Management – Dr. Jacquie Medina: jamedina@nmu.edu; 906-227-1615
    • Athletic Training – Dr. Julie Rochester: jrochest@nmu.edu; 906-227-2026
  

Social Work

Internship Information: https://www.nmu.edu/socialwork/administration

Course Descriptions: SW 480 Senior Field Placement ISW 481 Senior Field Placement II

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
    • Abigail Wyche, PhD - Department Head, Assistant Professor
      Phone: 906-227-2706, Office: Jamrich Hall, E-mail: awyche@nmu.edu

    • Susan Henderson - Senior Secretary
      Phone: 906-227-2706, Fax: 906-227-1212, E-mail: shenders@nmu.edu

 

 

Sociology/Anthropology

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
 

 

Technology & Applied Sciences

 

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?

 

Technology & Occupational Sciences

Internship Information: http://www.nmu.edu/tos/internships

Course Descriptions:

AUT 291 Automotive Service Repair InternshipCN 291 Construction InternshipCN 491 Construction InternshipHV 291 HVACR InternshipHM 401 Internship

  • Is an internship required to graduate?
  • Does it need to be paid or unpaid?
  • Is there anything that is REQUIRED in an internship job description?
  • Is there anything that is RECOMMENDED in an internship job description?
  • Is there a requirement for the number of work hours per credit hour?
  • Other information:
  • Is there a specific contact person that works with internships for the department and/or major?
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