1.What is the Professional Internship course?

This 0-1 credit course offers students the opportunity to gain “real-world” exposure and supervised experience related to their major, specific field of study or career interests. Students will integrate theories learned in the classroom with experiential activities acquired through direct involvement in on/off-campus internship opportunities. Students will develop marketable skills in preparation for future employment or graduate school studies. The Professional Internship course is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (Term I). Students can participate multiple times with one employer or different employers.

2. Why should you register for the Professional Internship course?
  • Learn and understand skills and attributes that employers value.
  • Identify the integration of academic studies with practical application outside the classroom.
  • Reflect on current skill set and areas for future development.
  • Have tangible outcomes to discuss with future internship and full-time employers.
  • Network and secure future internship and full-time opportunities upon graduation.
3. How does the Professional Internship course work?
The Professional Internship course is a partnership among the student, employer, and the Career Center.
  • This is an experiential learning course. It does not meet in the traditional classroom setting. Instead each student will engage in a pre-approved employer worksite while completing assignments through learning objectives and evaluations. This course will be fully on-line.
  • The work schedule is determined by the employing organization/company and student. There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 total hours completed during the academic semester. Students must be supervised at an approved job site. Transportation to the internship site is provided by student.
  • Students will not actively pursue other internship opportunities for the same term that would affect their agreement with their current internship employer.
  • Students are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. If students do not complete the hours and weeks of employment provided during the approval of the internship experience, they may receive an Unsatisfactory for the course.
  • There are three required evaluations during the course (Learning Objectives/Midterm Progress Report, Student Final Evaluation, and Employer Final Evaluation). These evaluations are completed electronically and must be submitted by the deadline dates listed in the syllabus or the student may receive an Unsatisfactory for the course. If students are unable to submit an assignment by the deadline date they must contact the course instructor one week prior to the deadline date to make alternative arrangements.
4. Who is eligible for the Professional Internship course?
  • Students must have completed one semester at FAU as evidenced by having a FAU GPA on record in Banner.
  • International students (F-1 status) must have maintained valid F-1 status and full-time enrollment for at least two consecutive semesters prior to the Internship start date. To review the requirements for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for F-1 students please view the following webpage: http://www.fau.edu/international/current/CPT.php.
  • International students must obtain from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) an I-20 and meet all USCIS and/or ISSS requirements.
5. What is the application process?
  • Students can attend an Internship Workshop to learn more about the Professional Internship course.
  • Students should complete their profiles and upload their resumes on-line through OWL CareerLink to maximize their search for internships.
  • Students should inform the Career Center that they secured an internship by emailing intern@fau.edu or submitting their internship information through the OWL CareerLink portal (internship submission form currently under construction).
  • Students can contact an Internship Specialist at intern@fau.edu with any questions that they may have.
6. How does a student secure a position?

The Career Center strongly encourages students to begin their search for internships early. Career Advisors are available through the same day career advising program as well as by appointment to assist students in designing an internship search strategy, refining their resumes, and preparing for interviews. International students must register for a course either through the Professional Internship course, the Career Center’s Cooperative Education Program, or a departmental internship in order to comply with federal guidelines. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning an internship assignment. Acceptance and placement into an internship assignment is not guaranteed. All students must be approved by the Career Center before being registered for the Professional Internship course.

7. How are students graded?

Students are asked to evaluate their work experience and review their learning objectives. Employers are also asked to provide feedback on the student's performance. Students are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. All of the required evaluations (Learning Objectives/Midterm Progress Report, Student Final Evaluation, and Employer Final Evaluation) must be submitted by the deadline dates or the student may receive an Unsatisfactory for the course. Only students who register for a Professional Internship course will have it notated on their transcript.


Contact:


Boca Raton Campus:

Jennifer Blythe
Director for Internships & Co-ops
FAU Career Center
777 Glades Road, SU 222
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 297-3533
Fax: (561) 297-2740

Davie Campus:

David Jenks
Assistant Director for Partner Campuses
FAU Career Center 
3200 College Avenue, LA 109 
Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 236-1214
Fax: (954) 236-1213

Jupiter Campus:

David Jenks
Assistant Director for Partner Campuses
FAU Career Center
5353 Parkside Drive 
SR 225 (Student Services Office)
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 297-3533
Fax: (561) 297-2740