Hollins University Internship Program
The nature of internships may vary. Most will require that the student serve as an assistant to a person in the organization, work on a special project for the organization, or some combination of the two.
Internship responsibilities and expectations must be discussed in advance by the student, their faculty sponsor, and the on-site internship supervisor. All parties must agree upon the intern’s specific goals, duties, and responsibilities and document them in the Internship Agreement Form.
Internships in which students perform only routine tasks such as filing and photocopying are unacceptable. As stated on the previous page, an internship for academic credit is a genuine learning opportunity.
- Semester internships can be completed over the entire semester and, depending on the credits sought, involve either 70 total hours (2 credits) or 140 total hours (4 credits).
- A January Short Term internship must be a fulltime internship for 4 academic credits, a minimum of 35 hours per week for four weeks.
- A student may not intern for academic credit with any organization where they have been employed before, unless the internship supervisor verifies that the intern’s duties will be substantially different.
- All internships have an academic or reflective component which must be submitted to the faculty sponsor at the end of the internship.
- Internship supervisors must submit an evaluation of the student at the close of the internship; this is required in order for the student to receive credit and/or a grade.
Hollins works with established organizations to coordinate internship opportunities. The University prefers organizations with a minimum of two employees so that students may learn about organizational dynamics and be adequately supervised.