Regular Internships

Why Do a Regular Internship?
Through the Center for Career Engagement and the Health Sciences Department, Health Sciences majors have the opportunity to participate in an internship experience. Internships allow students to gain experience in their chosen career field. Information on thousands of internship sites is located in the Center for Career Engagement. The staff will assist students in looking for an internship site close to a student’s home.

General Information

  1. Student must be a major in the Health Sciences Department or have a special major closely affiliated with the Health Sciences Department.
  2. A minimum major GPA of 2.50 is required.
  3. The internship may be done over the summer (HS 475) or during the academic year (HS 473). Summer internship credit will be awarded in the following fall semester.
  4. One academic credit per 160-hour internship will be granted if all requirements are met.
  5. The internship will be graded S/U.
  6. To register and submit your learning contract, log in to the Student Center and go to Self Service, Center for Career Engagement, and Internships – Student Access.
  7. The Health Sciences Internship Coordinator and the Internship Site Supervisor must formally approve the internship at least one month before the end of the semester preceding the internship.
  8. The internship must be closely related to the Health Sciences Department. In the past, Health Sciences students have done internships in a variety of settings, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, physician assistant, and cardiac rehabilitation.
  9. Please contact The Center for Career Engagement for further information on ideas for internships or previous Health Sciences student placements.

Regular Internship Requirements

  1. Complete Learning Contract: The student must complete the learning contract. To register and submit learning contract, log in to the Student Center and go to Self Service, Center for Career Engagement, and Internships – Student Access.
  2. HOURS: The student must complete a minimum of 160 hours at the internship site.
  3. JOURNAL: The student must maintain a weekly journal. The journal must be typed, double-spaced, and include the dates and hours worked, experiences, thoughts, and personal contacts. The journal is submitted to Moodle each week during the summer.
  4. REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS AND EVALUATION: The student must respond to reflective questions from the Center for Career Engagement on Moodle. The questions cover the student’s internship experience and future career goals. There are three submissions during the summer focused on making connections among courses taken, philosophies formed, and experiences encountered. Students are responsible for responding by the due dates for each submission. The last set of questions includes an evaluation of the internship.
  5. RESEARCH PAPER: The student must write a ten page research paper on a topic that is relevant to the internship. The research paper must be typed, double-spaced, and include a title page and a reference page. The paper must be properly referenced (APA style) with a minimum of ten scholarly sources. The research paper is submitted to Moodle.
  6. SUPERVISOR EVALUATION: At the end of the internship, the Internship Site Supervisor must complete the Supervisor Evaluation Form that is sent electronically from the Center for Career Engagement.
  7. TIMELINE: Before Internship
    • Learning contract completed.
    • Internship approved by Health Sciences Internship Coordinator, Capstone Internship Site Supervisor and the Center for Career Engagement.
    During Internship
    • Maintain weekly journal.
    • Complete reflective questions.
    • Write research paper.

    After Internship

    • Be sure all work has been submitted to Moodle, including weekly journals, reflective questions and research paper.
    • Summer internships: deadline one month into fall semester
    • Fall/spring semester internships: deadline two weeks before end of semester