Internship Opportunities


Life in the world beyond the campus provides students with invaluable experiences that complement their programs of study. The experiential learning requirement may be fulfilled through participation in a study abroad program (minimum of three credits and a five-week stay) or through an internship experience (minimum of three credits and 120 hours of internship experience – each credit equaling 40 hours of internship experience). All Wilkes Honors College students –including international and transfer students – are required to participate in an experiential learning program. All internship must be approved by the non-classroom learning committee prior to student registration and all study abroad programs must be approved by FAU's Office of International Programs (OIP).
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How Do I Find an Internship?

Begin with some preliminary research. Check the bulletin boards around campus, weekly emails, and the News/Events page. Talk to fellow students who have completed internships. Discuss potential internships with your faculty advisor or another faculty member. Consult the online list of internship opportunities. Finally, email and meet with Dr. Monica Maldonado or David Flanigan about available internships.


How do I Sign Up for an Internship?

Students who wish to participate in an internship must submit an online internship proposal form. Once the form is approved by the faculty non-classroom learning committee, you will submit the contract to Dr. Monica Maldonado, Associate Director of Honors College Student Activities. The contract includes a number of forms and important details about individual internship programs and should be read carefully.

Before submitting an online proposal, you will need to decide on an academic component with your faculty advisor. The academic component should include discipline-specific reading and writing, typically totaling 6-10 pages for a 3 credit internship. Acceptable writing examples might include a substantial paper completed at the end of the internship, such as a literature review, or smaller writing assignments completed throughout the internship, such as weekly essays reflecting on series of readings and their applicability to the internship. Writing requirements may also be satisfied by products of your work at the internship, such as a draft of a manuscript, a conference paper or poster, a lab report or protocol, or brochures or other materials you develop. Your faculty advisor should approve your proposal before you submit it to the non-classroom learning committee.

A sample proposal form is online. To ensure that your online proposal is approved, be sure to fill out each part of the online form accurately. Remember that unpaid internships require 40 hours for each credit hour; paid internships require 60 hours for each credit hour. Be sure to include the number of pages of your written requirement, the location of the internship, contact info for your onsite supervisor, and indicate that you will do appropriate readings selected by you and your advisor as part of the academic component of your internship (e.g. "x" number of books and/or "y" number of articles on topic "z;" if possible, you may include specific titles). If you fail to include these items, your proposal will be sent back to you for revision.


Internships, the Honor CollegeOnce the on-line proposal is approved, you will receive approval notification and then submit the contract. The contract includes (I) a general info form, (II) contract, (III) consent/release form, and (IV) agreement form, all of which must be submitted to Dr. Monica Maldonado, Associate Director of Honors College Student Activities by the deadline. It also includes (V) an evaluation form that will be completed by your onsite supervisor after the internship is completed, and then submitted to your faculty advisor.

Please note that the internship forms must be signed by you, your internship supervisor, and your faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will then request an internship section and give you permission to enroll. Course numbers for internships include:
  • HUM 4947 Honors Internship in the Humanities
  • IDS 4947 Honors Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • ISS 4947 Honors Internship in the Social Sciences
  • ISC 4947 Honors Internship in Science and Mathematics

Application Guidelines

When you are ready to apply, please follow these guidelines:
  1. Submit the online internship form before advance registration for the semester you intend to start your internship. Note for International students with F-1 visas: you must visit the Office of Diversity Services (SR 117, 561.799.8585) to determine eligibility and apply for Curricular Practical Training.
  2. The Non-Classroom Learning Committee Chair will have members review your application and approve or disapprove. Once approved, you will be notified, and you then must submit a contract (Parts I-IV) signed by you, the internship supervisor, and your faculty advisor, to Dr. Monica Maldonado, Associate Director of Honors College Student Activities. Also, your faculty advisor must request to the chair the addition of an internship section, and give you permission to enroll in it.
  3. You CANNOT register for an internship retroactively. In other words, do not attempt to get a sequence number to register for credit for an internship you already completed.
  4. Criteria for acceptable internships: the internship should have a strong academic component; working for your family business as a summer job is not acceptable for internship credit. In general, internships should take place outside the Honors College. Research assistant positions and opportunities within the college may qualify for other types of recognition (independent study credits, paid employment, volunteer hours, etc.), but they generally cannot be pursued for internship credits. Other opportunities on the Jupiter campus or at other FAU locations may be approved for internship credit if they meet the other criteria. Research conducted for theses should be assigned as thesis hours rather than internship credit.
  5. Consider internships that will challenge you and help you grow as a professional.
  6. Remember that you pay for internship credit as an FAU student. The minimum amount you must earn to meet requirements is three (3) credits:
       60 hours of work = 1 credit hour for paid internships
       40 hours of work = 1 credit hour for unpaid internships
  7. Upon completing the internship, have your employee supervisor complete the evaluation form and send it to your faculty advisor, who will review it and submit it to the Director of Student Affairs.

Deadlines

Online proposal forms must be submitted prior to the advance registration period for the semester of the internship. This is typically the start of April for Summer/Fall semesters, and mid-November for Spring semester. For example, if you plan to do an internship in Spring 2014, submit the online form prior to the start of November 2013 advance registration. If you plan to start an internship during the Summer or Fall of 2014, submit the online form prior to the start of April, 2014 advance registration. (See the FAU calendar for dates of advance registration.)

Completed contracts should be submitted as soon as the signatures are secured but must be received no later than the start of the internship or the first day of the semester in which the internship is taken, whichever is sooner.

You may not receive credit for internships started without completing the proper paperwork.


Last Modified 1/20/15