Q: How many hours a week will I work?
A: This will vary, depending on the site you apply to, their needs, and your schedule. Most internships will be flexible when setting up an initial schedule, but generally will be between 8 and 20 hours a week. Credit hours are based on the number of hours worked. 45 internship hours over the semester is equal to one credit. See the internship hours chart here.
Q: Will I be paid for my internship?
A: Some internships do pay minimum wage or slightly higher, but most internships are unpaid. Some employers require students to earn college credit as an intern, while others (usually nonprofit organizations) do not.
Q: Will I get college credit for my internship?
A: You can receive college credit, based on how many hours you work in your internship each week. You can find out about the hours/credits here.
If you earn credit for your internship through SHPRS, the internship should have some relationship to your major (History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Asia Studies, or Jewish Studies). As a SHPRS intern, you will receive upper-division credit on a pass/fail basis. You will need to work with the SHPRS Internship Coordinator (Justin Cappuccilli), to determine if your potential internship will be viable for this situation. Internship credits cannot be used toward your major, since they do not use letter grading, but they will apply to the 45 upper-division credits you need to complete your degree at ASU. Other departments at ASU may have different policies.
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: Do I pay tuition for this?
A: Yes. Since you are receiving college credit, the cost of the internship is the same as any other class. If you are receiving financial aid, please check with that department to see if your aid will apply.
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: Can I set up a volunteer opportunity for internship credit?
A: No. To set up an internship for academic credit, an agreement is put in place between ASU and your site supervisor. This agreement guarantees the number of hours that the internship site can provide during the time that a student will work there. Additionally, an internship is meant to provide a more hands-on experience than a typical volunteer opportunity.
Q: OK, I am ready to do an internship. What are my next steps?
A: See below.