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Frequently Asked Questions About Internships

What are the different types of internships?
How do I find an internship?
What is expected of an intern?
How do I earn academic credit for internships?
Who do I contact for more information?


What are the different types of internships?

Across the campus students are enrolled in a variety of types of internships. Consult with your academic advisor regarding the types of internships related to your area of study. See the college/departmental internship contact information for faculty or staff responsible for internships in your area of interest.

If your department does not offer academic credit for an internship experience, you may choose to enroll in UNIV 4000 Community Internship. To register for UNIV 4000, click here. Consult with Dixie R. Crase (drcrase@memphis.edu) regarding permission to register for UNIV 4000.

Some internships are available only to students who have successfully completed departmental prerequisites. Successful completion of approved internships is required for licensure or registration in disciplines such as teaching, nursing, child life specialists, dietetics, etc.

Some internships offer monetary compensation, while others offer free parking or other benefits and no monetary compensation.

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How do I find an internship?

Start early! Begin your search at least a year before you plan to do an internship.

Consult with your academic advisor—see the list of Internship Contacts.

Develop your resume and cover letter and have them critiqued by Career Services. Developing Your Resume

Create a profile in eRecruiting and upload your resume to learn about on campus interviews and receive emails about new internship opportunities.

Look at some of the current opportunities available through the Office of Academic Internships here.

Sharpen your interviewing skills via a Career Services mock interview. How to Prepare for an Interview

Participate in the Uof M Career and Internship Fairs to talk with employers who are seeking interns.

Network! Let friends, family, current/former employers, and classmates know of your interest in an internship.

Use Google.com or another search engine to locate possible internships.

Research organization(s) of interest and say: “I’d like to talk with you about the possibility of doing an internship with your organization.”

Send thank you letters to employers who interviewed you.

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What is expected of an intern?

The internship is a professional experience that requires professional attitudes and appropriate behavior. Although the specific responsibilities of an intern will vary considerably, general guidelines that will help ensure success in the work place follow:

  • Be punctual
  • Take appropriate initiative
  • Clarify expectations regarding assigned responsibilities and activities
  • Demonstrate a positive, enthusiastic attitude
  • Meet deadlines
  • Avoid office politics and gossip
  • Interact professionally with colleagues, customers, and supervisors
  • Follow office policies regarding use of phones, computers, email, etc.
  • Dress appropriately as clarified by supervisors
  • Exercise wise time management skills
  • Consult regularly with your internship supervisor and/or academic advisor about your internship experience
  • Ask for assistance and advice as needed

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How do I earn academic credit for internships?

If you are interested in receiving academic credit for an internship experience, first consult with your academic advisor. If your department does not offer academic credit for an internship experience, you may choose to enroll in UNIV 4000.

UNIV 4000 - Community Internship (3-6 semester hours) Extensive professional preparation as an intern in a community setting that may limit student's enrollment in other courses. Prerequisite: Permission of student's department chair. Note: Students enrolled in UNIV 4000 are considered to be full time students for enrollment certification purposes.

Generally, students enrolled in UNIV 4000 will maintain full time status for purposes of financial aid, repayment of loans, parents' insurance, and scholarships. However, the federal government requires that Pell Grant recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 credits a semester to be considered full-time for aid purposes.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility for aid, please contact April Tyson, Associate Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships at aharrsn1@memphis.edu.

To request a permit to register for UNIV 4000, click here.  The completed form must be approved by your internship field or site supervisor and your department chair. You will then receive a permit to register for UNIV 4000.

To request a leave of absence, submit a Personal or Medical Leave of Absence Request form and supporting documents to the Scholarship Office in 107 Wilder Tower.

For additional information regarding UNIV 4000 contact Dixie R. Crase at drcrase@memphis.edu or phone 901-678-3102.

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Who do I contact for more information?

 

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