Academic credit for an internship is earned by completing the course requirements set by the course instructor including but not limited to a final report, student evaluation of the work performed and an internship supervisor evaluation evaluating the work from the student. For each unit of credit enrolled, the student must complete a minimum of 45 hours of work with the organization, for a typical 3 unit enrollment in an internship course a minimum of 135 hours of work is required. AREC typically awards internship credit for 3-6 units.
For internships to be completed in Summer, the student and internship supervisor must complete all steps and submit all forms no later than May 1st each year.
For internships to be completed in Spring, the steps and forms must be completed no later than Dec. 15 for the following Spring semester.
For internships to be completed in Fall, the steps and forms must be completed no later than Aug. 1.
To view the AREC Internship Routing Process click here.
Recent article from National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) regarding the deciding factors for employers when hiring interns: https://www.naceweb.org/talent-acquisition/internships/leadership-top-deciding-factor-between-intern-candidates/?utm_source=spotlight-college
Earning Academic Credit for an Internship
To earn credit for an internship, a student must do the following prior to the beginning of the internship, see the deadlines above:
- Create a résumé and seek organizations intersted in accepting interns and apply for the position. Ideally your internship should be in an area that will benefit your future career goals, but this is not a requirement. Internships for general degree credit can be with any organization for AREC majors. If you need assistance with this first step, some assistance in your internship search may be found through the CALS Career Center in Forbes 204 and/or the UA Career Services office in SUMC 411. Assistance with creating a résumé can also be found in both offices above.
- Check with your major advisor to discuss enrollment options into either AREC393/493 or CALS393/493 for credit. Prof. Thompson will be the default AREC internship course instructor for AREC393/493, unless you specify otherwise.
- Once you have met with your major advisor, you should submit the AREC internship application document from this link.
- Once the application has been submitted, you are to email Prof. Thompson (or the faculty member you have chosen) to request an appointment to review the internship overall, hours you plan to work and how many units you will earn, as well as the deadline for the final report. Prof. Thompson's email is firstname.lastname@example.org, to see other AREC faculty profiles and contact info click here.
- Within your appointment with the faculty member, you will identify the nature and scope of the project to be completed. This is to be a discussion between the student and the supervising faculty member. You will be given guidelines for your work and assignments for the course. The course is pass/fail and does not calculate into your UA GPA.
- The AREC Internship Application is available online as a fillable form, meant to be submitted electronically, it can be found here. This form is required to begin the internship course process.
- The Student Evaluation Form, which is meant to be completed at the end of the internship, can be found here. This form is required to earn a final grade in the internship course.
- For review, you may access the Internship Policies & Responsibilities for Internship Supervisors here. This form is required as part of the internship course prior to the student beginning the internship work with the organization. This form will be sent to the internship supervisor by the AREC Dept, once the student has submitted the Internship Application and identified the supervisor's name and contact information. The student is not to send this to nor submit it from, the supervisor.
- You may access the Internship Supervisor Final Evaluation form here. This form is required as part of the student's final grade. This form will be sent via email to the internship supervisor, and it may also be accessed directly from this site.