Unpaid internships supplemented with an academic component offer the same non-monetary benefits as paid internships. In order to for a student to receive academic credit for an internship, the internship must be supplemented with an academic component designed by a supervising faculty member. The following guidelines must also be adhered to:
I. Arts and Sciences Guidelines for Individual Internships for Academic Credit
- Each internship must include an academic component, such as readings, papers, tutorials, and/or seminars, which relates to the work being done by the student. The scope of the academic component will be left up to the discretion of each department giving internship credit.
- Students enrolling for an internship should be Juniors or Seniors and must have the approval of the department awarding credit prior to enrolling in the internship.
- An internship may be taken P/F at the discretion of the department.
- The amount of credit (.25, .50 credit, 100 hours; and .25 credit, 50 hours.) One unit of credit will demand 200 hours of on-site work each semester; .50 credit, 100 hours; and .25 credit, 50 hours. Internships do not count as credit toward the Theatre or Dance major or minor. The faculty director of your internship will assign the final grade. Before the beginning of the semester in which a student is registered for an internship “course,” he or she, along with the appropriate supervisor, should define in writing the tasks and responsibilities to be performed on the job, should submit such a plan to the department awarding credit for its approval, and should define, with the advice and consent of an appropriate member of that department, the academic component of the internship.
- A log of activities must be kept and turned in weekly. A paper must be turned in at the end of the project in which the student discusses in detail the principles of theatre or dance seen at work and the skills in theatre or dance that the student was able to develop on the job. At the end of a student's internship, his or her job supervisor should submit a written evaluation of the student's work to the faculty member who is responsible for giving a grade to the student, which should be based on both his or her academic and non-academic work. Some consultation between the faculty member and the job supervisor regarding the student's performance on the job should also take place during the course of the internship.
- For a spring internship you must apply before the end of the preceding fall semester. For a fall internship you must apply no later than the first day of the fall semester (and may, therefore, pick up the class during the add-drop period.) For a summer internship you must apply before the end of the preceding spring term. You may also receive credit for a summer internship during the summer. In that case, you must enroll through the School of Continuing Studies and your faculty director must agree to that arrangement.
Students interested in internships in theatre and dance should contact the Career Services. There are also several student employment opportunities available in the department and at the Modlin Center each semester. Students should contact the Student Employment Office to explore part-time, on-campus employment opportunities.
Career Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students and alumni can schedule consultations by calling (804) 289-8547. Same-day appointments are not available. Appointment Policies
For internships and job opportunities, employers are encouraged to contact: