Exploring Academic Internships

This course is designed to prepare students to maximize learning through a career related internship; acquaint students with employer performance expectations and assist in the development of the strategies and skills for effective participation in the employment process.  Students will participate in the site selection for their internship experience. The course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace.  Professionals will discuss career goals, planning, and internships.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will have created an effective resume as well as gained insights into the interview process and the types of behaviors that are most likely to elicit a job offer.
  • Students will have gained insight into the types of behaviors that are most likely to lead to success in the workplace.
  • Students will have developed an understanding of the career options available to them as both an intern and as a college graduate

Academic Internship Course

The academic internship experience allows students to investigate the applicability of their studies in relationship to the requirements of a corporate employer in the format of a part-time domestic or international field experience.  The course is reflective in nature, relies on communication with an on-site mentor, as-well-as distance learning based communication with faculty. Students will participate in limited projects and complete tasks that build on skills learned in the classroom.

     Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use the knowledge gained on their internship to test and clarify career interests and aptitudes.
  • Students will acquire valuable hands on skill development and learning.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast working in teams with working individually. 
  • Students will be able to explain the professional expectations that their supervisor has of them with regard to performing work responsibilities.
  • Students will be able to explain how their particular job function relates to departmental goals.
  • Students will be able to complete projects/tasks that will build on the skills learned in the classroom.

Pre-Health Internship Program

Students enrolled in the Pre-Health Internship Program are prepared to responsibly engage in work in a health care setting.  They start by taking the PD 3040/1000: Exploring Health Professions course to gain a deeper understanding of health professions, professional development, ethical behaviors, and cultural competency.  As a part of the course, students also prepare a competitive application to a health professions program and earn HIPPA and blood borne pathogen certification.  Upon completion of the PD 3040/1000 course, students engage in real world experience via part-time shadowing, volunteering, and /or paid or unpaid internships in a healthcare setting.  Students receive faculty-led instruction and advising during their shadowing, volunteering, or internship experience.