Internships

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. Before entering an on-site internship, use the COVID-19 Due Diligence Checklist to ensure that the employer/company is taking effective steps to protect the health and safety of student interns.

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

Academic Credit & Other Information

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the University’s internship policy.

To be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship you must:

  • 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. 
  • 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)
  • Complete the internship form by the end of the semester or term before the internship experience. The internship course will be added to your schedule after the form has been fully completed and approved. Internship credit cannot be retroactively granted.

Your Internship Search

Start your search with Handshake

  • Discover thousands of internships 
  • Connect with employers representing all career clusters
  • Find career-related events that allow face-to-face interactions

Networking, job shadowing, and informational interviews often open doors to additional opportunities.

All students should request for their expereince to be documented and/or awarded academic credit prior to beginning an internship. See information below for instructions.

You Got an Internship! Now What?

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1. Request

Use Handshake to request for your experience to be documented and/or awarded academic credit. Choose your experience type then complete the form.

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2. Approval

Your internship coordinator and site supervisor will receive notification of your request, review the details, then provide approval.

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3. Follow Up

Your internship coordinator will guide you through the final steps of documenting your experience, including any evaluations or required paperwork.

Requesting Your Internship Experience

Use Handshake to request for your experience to be documented and/or awarded academic credit. Complete the 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. 

Steps to Complete

Review the types of internships (see above).

  • For Extra-Curricular Internship - Select “Extra-Curricular Internship” 
  • For Curricular or Co-Curricular Internship - Select Your Academic Department and Internship Coordinator
  • 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

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.

List of Departmental Internship Coordinators

College Course Attribute Major/Minor/Thematic Sequence Coordinator Name Coordinator Email
Farmer School of Business ACC 340 Accoutancy Beth Killy killyem@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science AES 340 Aerospace Studies Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman goodmamg@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science AMS 340 American Studies Walter Vanderbush vanderw@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) APC 340 Applied Communication Leland Spencer spencelg@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science ARB 340 Arabic Margaret Ziolkowski ziolkom@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts ARC 340 Architecture & Interior Design Graham Cairns cairnsgj@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts ART 340 Art Kristen Pericleous kristen.pericleous@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts ART 640 Art Robert Robbins robbinrv@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) ASO 340 Applied Social Research Shubhasree Subedi subedis@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science ATH 340 Anthropology M. Cameron Hay-Rollins hayrolmc@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science BIO 340/640 Biology Susan Hoffman hoffmasm@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) BIS 340 Integrative Studies Paul Harding hardinpa@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business BLS 340 Business Legal Studies Paul Becker beckerpa@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) BSC 340 Applied Biology; Human Biology and Health Sciences Concentration; Biological Sciences Paul Harding hardinpa@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science CHM 340 Chemistry & Biochemistry Gary Lorigan lorigag@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) CIT 340 Computer and Information Technology Donna Evans evansd@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) CJS 220 Criminal Justice Studies Jessica Warner warnerjj@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) CJS 340 Criminal Justice Studies John Forren forrenjp@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science CLS 340 Classics Elisabeth Hodges hodgesed@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) CMA 01 Community Arts Roscoe Wilson wilsonr2@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) CMR 340 Commerce Pat Lindsay lindsapj@miamioh.edu
College of Engineering and Computing CPB 340 Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering Steve Keller kellerds@miamioh.edu
College of Engineering and Computing CSE 340/640 Computer Science & Software Engineering Eric Bachmann bachmaer@miamioh.edu
College of Engineering and Computing ECE 340 Electrical & Computer Engineering David Hartup hartupd@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business ECO 340 Economics Chuck Moul moulcc@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business ECO 640 Economics Chuck Moul moulcc@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDL 340 Educational Leadership Thomas Poetter poettets@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDL 340 Civic Cummer Fellows Kathleen Knight Abowitz knightk2@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDL 340 Educational Leadership Kathleen Knight Abowitz knightk2@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDP 795/796 Educational Psychology Katy Mezher krohnkr@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDT 340 Teacher Education Michelle Cosmah cosmahm@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDT 340 MU-Noyce Internship -Camp O Tammy Schwartz schwarta@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society EDT 340 MU-Noyce Internship - The STEAM Studio Nazan Bautista uludagn@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) EGS 340 English Studies Marianne Cotugno cotugnm@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science ENG 340/640 English Gabriele Bechtel bechteg@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) ENT 340 Engineering Technology Mert Bal mbal@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business ESP 340 Entrepreneurship Jim Friedman friedmj2@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts FAS 340 Fashion Della Reams dreams@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business FIN 340 Finance David Marshall david.marshall@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science FRE 340 French Elisabeth Hodges hodgesed@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science FST 340 Film Studies Kerry Hegarty hegartkt@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society FSW 340/640 Family Science and Social Work Carolyn Slotten, Elise Radina slottect@miamioh.edu, radiname@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society FSW494/594 Family Science and Social Work Carolyn Slotten slottect@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science GEO 340/640 Geography Robbyn Abbitt abbittrj@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science GLG 340/640 Geology Todd Dupont, Kendall Hauer, Liz Widom dupontt@miamioh.edu, hauerkl@miamioh.edu, widome@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science GSC 340 Global Health Studies Cameron Hay-Rollins hayrolmc@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science GTY 440/640 Gerontology Bob Applebaum (Fall) Jennifer Kinney (Spring) applebra@miamioh.edu, kinneyjm@miamioh.edu
Academic Affairs HON 340 Honors Zeb Baker zeb.baker@MiamiOH.edu
College of Arts and Science HST 340 History Helen Sheumaker sheumahd@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) IDS 340 Interdisciplinary Helane Androne adamshd@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science IES 340/640 Environmental Sciences Sarah Dumyahn harveysl@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts IMS 340/640 Interactive Media Studies James Coyle coylejr@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business ISA 340 Information Systems & Analytics Jeff Merhout merhoujw@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science ITL 340 Italian Elisabeth Hodges hodgesed@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science ITS 340 Global and Intercultural Studies Walter Vanderbush vanderw@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science JPN 340 Japanese Margaret Ziolkowski ziolkom@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science JRN 340 Journalism Joe Sampson sampsoja@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 340 Athletic Training Eric Brooks brooksek@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 340 Public Health Eric Brooks brooksek@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 340 Sports Leadership & Management Sam Morris morrissp@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 420G Nutrition Gretchen Matuszak, Nancy Parkinson matuszg@miamioh.edu, parkinns@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 640 Community Nutrition for Dietetic Interns Sharman Willmore willmose@miamioh.edu
College of Education, Health and Society KNH 640 Sports Leadership & Management Your Graduate Advisor
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) LST 340 Liberal Studies Leland Spencer spencelg@miamioh.edu
LUX 340 Luxembourg Andy Adams andy.adams@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science MAC 340 Media and Culture Matthew Crain crainm@MiamiOH.edu
College of Arts and Science MBI 340 Microbiology Rebecca Balish balishrs@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business MGT 340 Management Rocco Manzo manzora@miamioh.edu
Farmer School of Business MKT 340/640 Marketing Debbie Coleman colemadm@miamioh.edu
College of Engineering and Computing MME 340/640 Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Amit Shukla shuklaa@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science MTH 340 Mathematics Kostas Beros berosk@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts MUS 340/640 Music Chris Tanner tannerc@miamioh.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) NCS 340 Nonprofit and Community Studies John Forren forrenjp@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science PHL 340 Philosophy Keith Fennen fennenkg@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science PHY 340 Physics Steve Alexander alexansg@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science PMD 340 Premedical Studies Joseph Carlin carlinjm@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science POL 340 Political Science Mark Morris Mark.Morris@MiamiOH.edu
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science (Regional) PSS 340 Psychological Science Shubhasree Subedi subedis@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science PSY 340/640 Psychology Brooke Spangler; Jen Green spanglbr@miamioh.edu; greenjh@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science REL 340 Religion, Comparative James Hanges hangesjc@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science RUS 340 Russian Margaret Ziolkowski ziolkom@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SOC 340 Sociology Mark Curnutte curnutm2@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SOC 440 Sociology or Social Justice Studies Othello Harris harriso@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SOC 440A Applied Sociology Othello Harris harriso@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SOC 440C Criminology Kristen Budd buddkm@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SPA 340 Speech Pathology & Audiology Susan Brehm bakerse1@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science SPN 340 Spanish Katie Fowler-Cordova fowlerkm@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science STA 340 Statistics Tom Fisher fishert4@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science STA 640 Statistics Seonjim Kim kims20@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science STC 340 Strategic Communication Christe McKittrick mckittcl@miamioh.edu
College of Creative Arts THE 340 Theatre Julia Guichard guichajm@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science WGS 340 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sande Garner garners2@miamioh.edu
College of Arts and Science WST 340 Individualized Studies Nik Money moneynp@MiamiOH.edu
College of Arts and Science WST 340 Western Program Nik Money moneynp@MiamiOH.edu

Deadlines

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

Next Steps

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

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

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

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Reneging on a Job/Internship Acceptance

Definition and Repercussions

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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