Completing at least one internship is essential for graduate and undergraduate students' success. In addition to developing new skills, expanding your achievements and building your network, internships are an excellent way to test industries and functional areas to find the organizational culture where you can excel.
While it may be tempting to select an internship based on company name prestige or level of pay, it is important to assess internships based on the substance of the experience, the skill sets being developed, and the connections being made. Your Career Advisor can help you determine gaps in your experience, types of internships to seek, and a plan to successfully find an internship.
Receiving Credit for Internships
To be eligible to earn academic credit, you must have completed 12 credit hours in business, including the first 300 level course in the discipline of your internship (e.g., MKTG-300 for a marketing internship). The credit earned in an internship course may be used only for a free business elective course, and may not replace a core or area of specialization course. The internship must be at least 12 weeks long, consist of substantive work, be approved by the Faculty Advisor, and not be located in a home office to be eligible for credit. Full details are available in the undergraduate internship section of the KCCD website.
If you do not meet the requirements to receive credit for your internship, but your employer requires academic credit or you would like a transcript notation indicating you completed a Field Experience, KCCD offers a 0.25 credit option.
Students who want to register their internship for credit must have completed at least 12 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Either 0 or 1.5 credits may be earned per internship, and a maximum of 3 credits can be applied toward a degree as elective credit.
If your employer requires academic credit and you do not hold an F-1 visa, a 0-credit option is available. Contact your graduate advisor to be sure you adhere fully to the graduate internship guidelines.