Internships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. Why do Internships/Field Experience?
  2. What are the benefits of completing Internships/Field Experience?
  3. Will I get paid?
  4. Will I get academic credit?
  5. How can I get academic credit?
  6. Are there GPA requirements?
  7. When can I do an Internship/Field Experience?
  8. How do I prepare for an Internships/Field Experience?
  9. How do I know I am applying to the right Internship/Field Experience?
  10. How many hours will I work?
  11. How many workshops do I need to attend?
  12. What requirements are necessary for an Internship?
  13. How do I find out about Internships?

 

  1. Why do Internships/Field Experience?  

    Internships/Field Experiences provide real opportunities for Cheyney University students to explore and pursue careers that match their academic, personal and long term career interests. 

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  2. What are the benefits of completing Internships/Field Experience?

    The benefits of completing Internships/Field Experience include: 
    *  Development of a strong sense of individual responsibility for achieving goals 
    *  Career exploration through jobs in a variety of professional fields 
    *  Chance to develop industry-specific abilities while completing your college degree 
    *  Building professional networking contacts and mentoring relationships early 
    *  Helping students to become viable experienced job applicants post graduation 
    *  Employment offers before graduation 

    In fact, many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidates for full-time positions


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  3. Will I get paid? 

    Internships/Field Experiences may be paid or unpaid

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  4. Will I get academic credit? 

    NOT all Internships/Field Experiences will offer the opportunity for students to gain academic credit.  Whether or not a program provides credit, students are still encourage to seek Internships/Field Experiences in preparation for employment and/or graduate schools.  Students should read the guidelines for Internships/Field Experiences WITHOUT academic credit for more information. 


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  5. How can I get academic credit? 

    Students seeking to gain academic credit for their Internships/Field Experiences please download and read the Guidelines for Internships/Field Experiences with academic credit.

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  6. Are there GPA requirements?

    Cheyney University students in good standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to seek Internships/Field Experiences.  However, employers may establish other minimum GPA requirements as part of their application requirements.

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  7. When can I do an Internship/Field Experience?

    Students can do Internships/Field Experiences at any time.  However, it is recommended that students participate in internships after completing their Freshman year.

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  8. How do I prepare for an Internships/Field Experience?

    To adequately prepare, apply and participate in the workshops, students must work at least one semester in advance to stay on track?

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  9. How do I know I am applying for the right Internship/Field Experience?

    Students interested in Internships/Field Experiences should read job descriptions carefully to make sure that the experience will benefit them both academically and professionally.  Bring copies of job descriptions to the Center for Career & Professional Development for advice.

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  10. How many hours will I work?

    The hours a student works in an internship are arranged between the employer directly.

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  11. How many workshops do I need to attend?

    Students are encouraged to attend at least 3 workshops a semester.  A list of workshops are are listed on the Internship home page and will be on event announcements.

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  12. What requirements are necessary for an Internship?

    Students must sign a PASSHE Student/Cheyney University agreement which dictates the code of conduct and expectations for their professional demeanor during the Internship/Field Experience.  Students seeking academic credit  must have the Cheyney University/Employer Agreement of file.

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  13. How do I find out about Internships?

    There are numerous resources for finding and applying for internships including:
    *  Cheyney University faculty & staff
    *  Department Internship Coordinators
    *  Family, friends, and coworkers
    *  The Internship website

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