Internships for Credit

Academic Internship Program

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus

 

Along with the chance to gain knowledge about an industry or particular company and a possible full-time job offer, registering an internship for academic credit also provides the following benefits:

  • Students gain credit towards the completion of their degree and get valuable professional experience at the same time.
  • Students gain a formal opportunity to draw on and apply classroom-learned skills in a professional setting through reflective assignments and coursework. 
  • Learning objectives are created and attended to in a collaborative and intentional manner between students and internship employers/supervisors.
  • Faculty Internship Advisors oversee each student’s experience. 
  • Internship participation is recorded on the transcript and students can earn up to 6 credits for internships (used to fulfill free elective credit).
  • Employers are required to formally evaluate a student’s performance and share feedback with the student at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Many employers require academic accountability for their internship program offerings.

Review the Academic Internships At A Glance 2016-2017 to see where students have interned over the past year.


Deadlines to Register an Internship for Credit

Fall 2017 - August 29, 2017

Spring 2018 - January 16, 2018

Summer 2018 - May 18, 2018

*Several steps must be completed by the deadline, including faculty and employer review and approval…so don’t wait to begin the registration process!


Registration Process

If you’ve already secured an internship or plan on securing an internship for the upcoming semester and want to register it for academic credit follow the steps below.

Step 1: Review the Eligibility Requirements, Internship Frequently Asked Questions and the Internship Program Policies linked below.

Step 2: Go to the Career Services webpage (philau.edu/career) and login to HireJefferson using your Jefferson credentials.

Step 3: Click on the “My Account” Tab on the left-hand side of the page; click Internships for Credit. Once in this section, complete the Internship for Credit Application form.

Step 4: After submitting the Internship for Credit Application form, the Career Services staff will review your record for eligibility. You will receive a follow-up email when your application has been reviewed indicating next steps in the registration process; ALL steps and paperwork must be completed by the last day to add a class for the semester in which you are registering.

**If you do not meet eligibility requirements, you will be notified via email.

Step 5: When you receive the follow-up email within a few days, you will need to log back into HireJefferson; you will click on the “My Account” Tab, then click on Internships for Credit. You will now have access to a tab called Intern. for Credit  and an option to “Add New Experience.” Click on the “Add New Experience” button to enter information about your employer site and job description. Make sure to click “Submit” at the bottom of the form!

Step 6:  After you have submitted all required paperwork, Career Services will email you to schedule a brief meeting to review the information submitted, go over internship course/experience requirements, and answer questions. After you have met with Career Services your internship paperwork will be sent to your supervisor on site to review and approve and then to your assigned Faculty Internship Advisor for your academic program to review and approve.

Step 7: Once employer and faculty approval is received, Career Services works with the Registrar's Office to register you in the appropriate internship course. You will be notified via email once this has been completed.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Academic Internships Guide and Policies (PDF)

International Students - Curricular Practical Training (PDF)

Internship Search Timeline (PDF)

Criteria for Virtual or Remote Internships (PDF)


Eligibility Requirements

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Career Services to discuss the appeal process for waiving these requirements. 

Undergraduate Day Students on the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus:

• 60 credits earned as a day student within College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, or the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts (EXCEPTION: Architecture students must have 90 credits)

• If a transfer student, at least 15 credits earned at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

• Minimum of 2.5 GPA (cumulative and in major)

• Internship opportunity must be related to major and/or career goals

Graduate Students on the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus*:

• Good academic standing within one's academic program

• Internship opportunity must be related to major and/or career goals

*Students in the following graduate programs should register their internships through the Career Services Center and follow the internship guidelines outlined on this page: Construction Management (36-credit program), GeoDesign, Global Fashion Enterprise, IMBA, Interior Architecture, Sustainable Design, Surface Imaging, Taxation, Textile Design, Textile Engineering, User Experience and Interactive Design.

*Students in all other graduate programs should speak with their program director in order to follow internship registration guidelines for their specific program.

International Students:

International students on F-1 visas can gain experience in their field of study through Curricular-Practical Training (CPT) (PDF) which for our purposes is an internship. CPT allows undergraduate and graduate international students to work in an internship during their academic experiences as part of their curriculum. Requirements of CPT include that the student be eligible for and register to earn academic credit in relation to the internship. It is strongly recommended that students interested in participating in CPT meet with their academic advisor to determine how an internship course can fit into their schedule and to begin their internship search one to two semesters before expecting to work. For additional information about CPT students should contact Hannah Bar-Giora, Director of International Student Programs in the Office of Global Education and Initiatives, 215-951-2660, bargiorah@philau.edu 


Credit Options

0.5 Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length) and assignments as noted in sample syllabus: Sample 0.5 credit undergraduate course syllabus

3 Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length) and assignments as noted in sample syllabus: Sample 3 credit (1st time) undergraduate course syllabus   

6 Credit Internship: Students must complete 288 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length) and assignments as noted in sample syllabus: *This option is only available to undergraduate students. Sample 6 credit undergraduate course syllabus

Graduate Level Internship Courses: Please contact Career Services for individualized sample course syllabi, as they vary for each major.


Walk-In Hours

If you have questions, visit the Career Services Center (Kanbar 313) during Walk-In Hours:

Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays:   10 am - 1 pm

Tuesdays / Thursdays:  2 pm - 4 pm

OR to schedule an appointment, Call: 215-951-2930 OR Email: intern@philau.edu

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WALK IN HOURS:

Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays / Thursdays:
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.