Internship Search

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  • Discover 1,000s of internships and jobs
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What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity that combines learning with work and offers a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that as you are working, you have structured and intentional objectives to learn about a career field. An internship or related experience can help you decide whether that field is really for you.

Please note: All Miami students should complete an internship form prior to beginning an internship. See information below for instructions.

Types of Internships

The internship types are:

  1. Extra-Curricular Internships are initiated by the student, are not required for the degree, and do not receive academic credit. Students are not enrolled in any internship course. These internships can be pursued during academic terms in which they are enrolled in other classes or during breaks between periods of enrollment. They need not be related to the student’s program of study, and no faculty supervision is needed. The University does not enter into an agreement with the Internship Sponsor. Students may list the internship on their resume, but it will not appear on their academic transcript.
  2. Co-Curricular Internships relate to the student’s program of study (e.g., major, minor, certificate program) and can be paid or unpaid. Students pursuing them are enrolled in a course (which can be 0 to 6 credits), but it is not a mandated requirement for the program of study. Students must have a completed learning plan signed by an assigned faculty supervisor.  Academic credit appears on the transcript and may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.
  3. Curricular Internships are a requirement for the student’s declared degree or major. These internships must be for academic credit and can be paid or unpaid.  Students must have an assigned faculty supervisor and learning plan.  These internships appear on the transcript, and the internship course may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.

Why Should You Pursue an Internship?

  • Explore potential careers
  • Learn how to conduct a job search
  • Build work-related skills
  • Experience a “3-month interview”
  • Network with people in your field
  • Become more marketable for your future job search

Before you begin your internship search, you should reflect on:

  • Your interests, strengths, skills and experiences
  • The skills you hope to gain or refine through an internship
  • The types of careers that interest you
  • Other career choices that may be available to you
You may be interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship. Because academic departments have different policies for granting credit for internships, we suggest you contact your academic advisor or faculty advisor to learn more about your home department’s specific policies.
 

Other Important Information About Internships

  • Be sure to familiarize yourself with the University’s internship policy.
  • Complete the online form by the end of the semester or term before the internship experience. If you wish to pursue a credit-bearing (curricular or co-curricular) internship, the internship course will be added to your schedule after the form has been fully completed. Note: Internship credit cannot be retroactively granted.
  • Be in good academic standing with Miami University and have maintained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average prior to enrolling for an internship. Individual departments/colleges or programs may require a higher GPA;
  • Completed at least two full-time semesters with a minimum of 24 GPA hours earned at Miami (for continuing students); or completed at least 12 GPA hours earned at Miami (for transfer students)
  • Be currently enrolled at Miami University.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) actively registered credit hours in a semester to be eligible for federal financial aid or loan deferment. 
  • During the internship, check in regularly with your Academic Department Internship Coordinator. Let them know how your experience is going and note how you are meeting your learning objectives.

Following the internship, update your resume, LinkedIn profile and/or Handshake profile to showcase your hard work.

Documenting Your Internship Experience

Complete the Internship Form on Handshake

Students should complete an online internship form no matter whether the internship experience is credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing, paid or unpaid or occurs during the academic year, winter term or summer term.

To get started, you should review the description of the types of internships with your student (see above).

  • Fill in your internship information to Handshake (requires login with university single sign on): https://miamioh.joinhandshake.com/experiences/new
  • For Extra-Curricular Internship - Select “Extra-Curricular Internship” 
  • For Curricular or Co-Curricular Internship - Select Your Academic Department and Internship Coordinator

Please note: The form for Curricular and Co-Curricular Internships is the same. Students who complete the Curricular/Co-Curricular Internship Form will be registered into the internship course by the University Registrar.

Instructions for Completing the Form on Handshake

To get started, fill in your internship information to Handshake (requires login with university single sign on): https://miamioh.joinhandshake.com/experiences/new

  • Select your Academic Department and Academic Department Internship Coordinator for the correct Internship Experience
  • Be prepared with the following information:
    • Employer/Organization Name
    • Location
    • Industry
    • Phone Number
    • Email address
    • Internship Job Title
    • Department
    • Start/End Date
    • Employment Type (Seasonal, Full Time, Part Time)
    • Salary
    • Offer Date
    • Internship Site Supervisor First and Last Name
    • Internship Site Supervisor Title
    • Internship Site Supervisor Phone Number
    • Internship Site Supervisor Email Address
    • Other Compensation
    • Approximate number of hours you will work each week
    • Scheduled Hours
    • Number of Credit Hours you are requesting 
      • 0 (Zero) credit = less than 37.5 work hours
      • 1 credit = 37.5 total work hours
      • 2 credits = 75 total work hours
      • 3 credits = 112.5 total work hours
      • 4 credits = 150 total work hours
      • 5 credits = 187.5 total work hours
      • 6 credits = 225 total work hours
    • Where the internship will be conducted (Onsite, Virtually, Both)
    • Job Description
    • At least 3 Learning Objectives

Deadline to register each semester is set by the Academic Calendar and the Office of the Registrar.  
Last Add Day for Departments - Full Term (First Friday of the semester)Last Add Day for Departments - Sprint Course (Wednesday, 9th week of the semester)

Once submitted, the approval process will begin with your Academic Department Internship Coordinator and your Internship Site Supervisor. Upon approval, it will be added to your class schedule. 

Mid Semester and End of the Semester Surveys may be sent to the Intern and/or Site Supervisor.

Academic Departments may have additional requirements. Check with your Academic Department Internship Coordinator for more details.

Reneging on a Job/Internship Acceptance

What is it?

Renege: to go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract. Reneging is unethical, unprofessional, and jeopardizes the reputation of fellow students and the University. Therefore, the Center for Career Exploration and Success prohibits any student from reneging on an accepted job/internship offer. To renege is to accept a new internship/job offer after already committing to a previous internship/job. 

A student who accepts any offer shall withdraw from the hiring process for any other position. A student who fails to withdraw, continues to solicit another position, or reneges on a previously accepted position may be denied future services from the Career Center and barred from future on-campus recruiting until such time that the Center for Career Exploration & Success, in their discretion, removes such ban. A student that violates this policy shall also be referred to his or her departmental chair(s) for consideration of additional sanctions at the discretion of the department chair(s).

If you are uncertain as to whether you should accept an offer, please seek guidance from a member of the Career Center staff before taking any action.

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