The undergraduate internship courses are designed as a culminating learning experience for students nearing graduation. It affords students an opportunity to seek out practical work experience related to their chosen major of human resource development. An essential part is the opportunity to use knowledge acquired in the classroom in practical applications in the workplace. Problem solving and creative thinking in the workplace improves the retention of information gained in the classroom. Students can carry out this work in industry, for-profit or non-profit organizations, or government.
The internship is not "credit for work." Students must be engaged in specific assignments related to the discipline of human resource development. The student and the supervisor will be asked to sign a contract stipulating to that assignment which must be approved by the course instructor.
If you have secured a position for your HRD Internship, you can fill out the following form to request permission. This form takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and requires you to input your HRD Internship site and supervisor information, as well as information on your expected responsibilities. You are also required to submit a document of proof that you have secured a position (offer letter, letter from supervisor, etc.).
Prerequisites needed to be eligible to register for this course:
By the end of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
We do not meet together in a traditional classroom, with a group of students and an instructor. Instead, the work for this course is conducted individually and through consultation with your course instructor.
To be successful, the internship should focus on a specific project or task that lends itself to analysis and resolution over a short period. A semester credit hour is earned by completing 40 hours on the job. Experience shows that 4 semester credits, amounting to 160 hours of work, is a manageable semester load. Students can take anywhere from 1 to 4 credits total.
To earn a satisfactory grade, students must receive a minimum of 70% on all graded materials and work the requisite number of hours for enrolled credits. All assignments must be submitted through Canvas. Details of assignments are provided in the course syllabus located in the course Canvas site.
Please note that the course instructor is available to both the student and the work supervisor for consultation and problem-solving during the applied experience. If a student runs into any challenges, it is best to contact the course instructor as soon as possible.
Students are generally expected to complete an internship or applied experience during a single semester. Incompletes will only be granted in extremely rare circumstances. The student must contact the course instructor as soon as possible, and will need to provide documentation of the emergency situation. If the student fails to contact the course instructor by the last day of instruction, that student will receive an "N"; or "not satisfactory" grade for the course.