Student Information about Internships

The internship program is designed to help you explore career choices and gain practical knowledge and skills.

You may earn up to 12 credits towards graduation requirements (for undergraduate programs) through the internship program, or you may complete a non-credit internship for the valuable experience and as a resume-builder.

You can find your internship yourself, with help from the Internship staff, or by faculty or advisor referral.

Your internship might be anywhere - local, national, or international!

Planning an internship for academic credit:

  1. Discuss your interests and possibilities with your advisor and a faculty member who will serve as your faculty supervisor
  2. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. Visit the Academic and Career Services Center to research internship opportunities and discuss your plans with one of our professional staff members
  4. Prepare your resume (using assistance from Academic and Career Services)
  5. Contact the site and arrange an interview (and bring your resume!)
  6. Download (or pick up in the Academic and Career Services Center) the internship contract
  7. Complete the contract within thee weeks of beginning the internship - you will not be officially registered for credit until doing so
  8. Internship registration policies for both the summer and winter terms are the same as regular enrollment policies; additional tuition is required for these sessions
  9. Credit is awarded at the rate of one credit hour for every 40 hours of work on the designated internship activities – for example, a three-credit internship requires a minimum of 120 hours completed
  10. Faculty supervisors will assign grades based on four evaluations, your final report, and any other requirements they make for your internship

Planning a non-credit internship:

  1. Discuss your interests and possibilities with a mentor or academic advisor
  2. Visit the Academic and Career Services Center to research internship opportunities and discuss your plans with one of our professional staff members
  3. Prepare your resume (using assistance from Academic and Career services)
  4. Contact the site and arrange an interview (and bring your resume!)
  5. Contact the Academic and Career Services Center at 544.8339 or internships@lynchburg.edu to finalize your plans

Internship Benefits

Students who have completed an internship report that they:

  • Gain practical knowledge and work experience in a professional setting
  • Develop and apply personal and professional communication skills
  • Clarify career goals and interests
  • Enhance productive and professional work habits
  • Create a stronger resume
  • Gain self confidence and personal knowledge