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Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
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900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Phone: 608-796-3828
Fax: 608-796-3050
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Internships FAQ's

 What is an internship? 

An internship is defined as a supervised work/learning experience that exposes a student to professional responsibilities in a career field of interest. An internship is distinguished from other work experiences because it is directly related to a student's program of study and has clearly defined learning outcomes related to a student's major.    

 

Who can do an internship? 

All majors may participate in an internship provided they meet the minimum GPA requirement (minimum cumulative: 2.5) and have the approval of their academic advisor. Attention: Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Education, and Social Work majors should contact their advisors prior to doing an internship through Career Services since those majors require other clinical work before graduation. 

 

How many credits is an internship worth? 

Credits are variable and are dependent upon the number of hours worked. In a regular semester, you can take up to 12 credits of internship; in the summer, the maximum number of credits is 9. Here is a document that shows how many credits relate to hours per week. Note that this varies slightly during the summer semester, which is accelerated and based on a 10 week semester as opposed to the typical 14 week semester: 

 

Credits

Total Hours Required

Average Hours Per Week Fall & Spring Semester (16 weeks)

Average Hours Per Week Summer (12 weeks)

1

48

3

4

2

96

6

8

3

144

9

12

4

192

12

16

5

240

15

20

6

288

18

24

7

336

21

28

8

384

24

32

9

432

27

36

10

480

30

-

11

528

33

-

12

576

36

-

 

 

Can I be paid for doing an internship? 

Yes. However, most internships are unpaid, volunteer experiences. 

 

I already work part-time in my field. Can I get internship credit for these hours? 

The answer is "maybe." You cannot get internship credit for doing what you are already doing. You’ll need to take on new responsibilities or a new project to turn your existing job into a viable site for internship credit.

 

Last summer I had a great summer job related to my academic major. Can I take credit for it during the regular school year? 

No. Credits must be taken during the semester in which the work is performed.

 

Besides putting in the required number of hours, what else do I have to do to get internship credit? 

An internship is also an online course taught by Career Services staff for Credit/No Credit. You will sign a contract with the University as well as with your site; you will do periodic self-evaluations; you will participate in Moodle discussions; you will write a summary report; you will participate in an site meeting with the Internship Coordinator, as feasible. Interns who do 3 or more credits will also need to complete a special project. 

 

Why would I want to do an internship if I’m not required to do one? 

An internship can bridge a gap between college and the work world, allowing students to experience the roles, expectations, and behaviors of the job arena. Students learn about their strengths, interests, problem solving skills, and abilities to deal with clients and work under pressure. Students gain experience they can note on their resumes and for application to graduate school, and may gain great networking connections and professional references. Also, the national average of college graduates have done AT LEAST TWO internships before graduation! So, you should do at least one internship during your college career in order to stay competitive within the job market -- even if it is not required by your major 

 

Do I have to pay for the internship?  

Internship credits cost the same as any other classes at Viterbo. Your financial aid may help cover the tuition cost. Some students elect to do an internship and not take it for academic credit. Career Services will assist you in finding an internship regardless of whether you take it for credit or not. Remember: You MUST be enrolled full time to receive financial aid. Take this into consideration if you are thinking about doing a summer internship.  

 

I’m going home this summer. Can I do an internship outside the La Crosse area? 

Yes. We have had interns across the United States and in other countries.

 

How do I find an internship? 

You are responsible for finding your site, although Career Services maintains a listing of possibilities.  Just remember, you are not limited to these sites - check online, in internship directories, newspapers, or with people you know.  

This sounds great! Who do I talk to in order to find out more? 

Contact the Career Services office by telephoning 608-796-3828 or by emailing careers@viterbo.edu and make an appointment with the Community Engagement Coordinator to discuss internship possibilities.  It's best to  make contact one semester PRIOR to your semester of interest. 

 

 

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