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Internships at Terra State: Standards and Guidelines

Internships at Terra State give students the chance to develop new, professional skills and explore their fields of interest. If you are interested in participating in an internship, please review the standards and guidelines.

WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?

Internships are a partnership between student, employers and Terra State Community College that formally integrates the student’s academic study with work or real-world experience.

Each partner has the following responsibilities in this venture:

  1. Employers will compensate student
  2. Terra State will award academic credit, based upon the student’s performance
  3. Both Terra State and the employer will evaluate student
  4. Student must complete special assignments, as necessary

Eligible Majors

  • 3-D Animation
  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Management
  • Computer IT Systems
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interactive Media
  • IT Help Desk Support
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Power and Controls
  • Power Technologies (Automotive)
  • Robotics/Mechatronics Technology
  • Systems and Networking Support
  • Welding

Student Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical area.
  • Successfully completed at least 20 credit hours, 8 of which must be in the student's major area of study, and approval of a technical faculty member.
  • Students already working may apply to use that experience for internship credit requirements.
  • Successfully completed EBE 2980, the prerequisite one credit-hour online seminar. This can be taken as a co-requisite upon approval of the technical faculty member.
  • At a minimum, each student is required to meet with the assigned technical faculty member at the beginning of the term, at the mid-term, and at the end of the term to discuss and evaluate progress.
  • Each student must document learning objectives to be achieved through the experience.

Each student who desires to participate in an internship must contact the Career Services Office. Academic credit will be recorded as a 2980 course. Students are registered for this course by the Career Services Office.

Awarding of Credit

One credit shall be awarded for a minimum of one hundred fifty clock hours of internship work experience that is scheduled during a semester. A maximum of nine semester credit hours may be earned in internship work experience, or any combination of internship work experience, field experience, and practicum, over the associate degree program.

Evaluation

The technical faculty member visits the job site for a conference with the student and supervisor at the mid-term and for a final evaluation. Additional visits may occur. The technical faculty member will evaluate the student based upon pre-approved learning objectives to be determined between the student, technical faculty member, and the supervisor/employer, along with the Employer Evaluation of the student. Students participating in an internship will be graded by the assigned faculty member.

EBE 2980

Students desiring to participate in an internship will enroll in a prerequisite one-credit seminar. This can be taken as a co-requisite upon approval of the technical faculty member. The seminar is currently online as a one-credit hour, 8-week course. This course is offered twice during Fall and Spring and once during the summer. The seminar's curriculum will encompass the following topics:

  • Developing a résumé, cover letter, reference page, and thank you note
  • Developing learning objectives for an internship
  • Expectations of students participating in an internship
  • Workplace ethics
  • Interviewing tips and techniques

CLOSING FOR HOLIDAY

In celebration of the Thanksgiving, Terra State Community College will be closed Wednesday, November 22, at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, November 27.  

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