The University of Memphis values internships for students. This program has been developed to provide students with internships as an extension
of their classroom experience as well as preparation for their future career.
What is an Internship?
An internship is relevant work experience related to your major or career interests
which may occur during the fall, spring or summer sessions. At the University of Memphis,
internships include traditional internships, cooperative education, practicum, clinical
and student teaching experiences.
Each semester more than 2,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals,
businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Successful completion
of an internship enhances your academic studies and career preparation.
What are the Internship Criteria?
- May be for credit or non-credit.
- May be paid or unpaid.
- Should be related to the student’s major or career interest.
- Credit for internships is subject to the approval of the academic unit. Internship
courses typically have prerequisites associated with degree requirements.
What are the General Requirements?
All students must meet the general eligibility requirements listed below in order
to participate in the “Internship Guarantee Program.” In addition to these general
requirements, students must also meet academic requirements and specific college/school/department
- All undergraduate students beginning their freshman year in Fall 2009 or later may
participate in this program.
- Most students intern during their junior or senior year.
- Students must comply with any pre-employment checks required by employer (See employer
- Students must complete internship preparation requirements (See internship preparation
- International students – See Curricular Practical Training requirements http://www.memphis.edu/iso/pdfs/Employment_Section_2__part_1_.pdf
What are the Academic Requirements?
*Students should be aware that individual employers or academic units may require
a higher GPA than is necessary for good academic standing. Additionally, many employers
require criminal background and consumer credit checks and drug tests. Students who
have concerns about these employer requirements should speak with a Career Services
staff member or academic advisor prior to beginning the internship search process.
How do I prepare for an Internship?
Pre-planning for internships is essential. During the freshman year, students should
comply with the Finish in Four Academic and Career Plan. http://saweb.memphis.edu/ces/media/fininfour1.pdf
At the beginning of your sophomore year:
- Students whose academic departments have an internship program are encouraged to complete
the departmental requirements as appropriate.
- Students should prepare for an internship by visiting Career Services, click here.
Students can schedule appointments with the Career Services staff for assistance in
developing resumes, completing career assessments, and developing interview skills.
Online support for resume development and interview skills are also available through
Students are encouraged to prepare in advance by preparing a quality resume and practicing
interview strategies for the most effective results in obtaining an internship.
- Students desiring academic credit should seek approval for the internship at least
one semester in advance of registration and participation in the internship experience.
- Students should develop a resume, cover letter, and prepare for interviews.
When Should I Complete an Internship?
Students typically participate in internships during their junior or senior year.
Depending on their academic programs and other circumstances, a few sophomores may
participate in internships.
How Do I Obtain Information Regarding Internships?
Information regarding internships can be gained in the following ways:
Students may also learn of internships independently in the community. If you research
and learn of an opportunity for an academic internship, consult with your advisor
or the Academic Internship office for possible academic credit.
Plan early for your internship—consult with the resources listed above to help you
achieve an internship that’s right for you.
How do I earn Academic Credit for an Internship?
- Credit for internships is subject to the approval of the academic unit. Review degree
requirements and complete the prerequisites for enrollment in internship courses in
- With an approved Learning Contract, you may choose to enroll in UNIV 4000 Community
Internship for academic credit http://www.memphis.edu/internships/acadcredit.php