Getting Started

Thinking ahead increases the likelihood of landing the internship you’ve dreamed of. Begin planning one semester before you want to be working.  And be sure to consult the College’s internship guidelines.

  • Set up a meeting at least one semester before you want to work. Before the meeting, complete the Student Internship Application and submit it to Holly Coffin.
  • Register on Elmhurst’s career resource website. You’ll want to create your resume and a cover letter and upload it to the site. See Writing an Effective Resume and Making Your Cover Letter Count. For personal help, contact Ingrid Becton. You’ll also want to create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Begin your search by consulting the resources on Internship Resources and ECconnect. Speak with your faculty advisor, professors or mentor, as well as family and friends. When you’re ready to apply, note the application procedures specified by each internship site. Some require a cover letter and writing samples while others request only your resume. Follow up with a phone call or e-mail to make certain your resume has been received and inquire about the selection process. Persistence pays!
  • If you are called for an interview, you’ll want to be well prepared. For tips on interviewing, review Keys to Interviewing Success. Please note that an internship may be paid or unpaid, depending on the field. Business, accounting, and information technologies are more likely to pay. The experience gained should be the prime considerations in choosing an internship. In your future employer’s eyes, practical experience is priceless.

Internship Credit

You can receive academic credit for an internship, but you are not required to register for credit. It also is possible to receive credit and be paid.

The academic credit internship course also fulfills the Experiential Learning Tag requirement.

Fall and Spring Terms

.5 Credit7-13 hours/week for 14 weeksTotal: 98-182 hours
1.0 Credit14-17 hours/week for 14 weeksTotal: 196-238 hours
1.5 Credit18+ hours/week for 14 weeksTotal 252+ hours

Summer Term

.5 Credit13-24 hours/week for 8 weeksTotal: 98-182 hours
1.0 Credit25-31 hours/week for 8 weeksTotal: 196-238 hours
1.5 Credit32+ hours/week for 8 weeksTotal: 252+ hours

January Term

1.0 Credit35-40 hours/week for 4 weeksTotal: 140-160 hours
  • Once you secure an internship, schedule a meeting with Holly Coffin to complete internship forms and review the Blackboard course. Obtain the Consent to Register form (can be found in the Career Education Office or Goebel Hall – Records and Registration). Return the Consent to Register form to Goebel Hall – Records and Registration (signed by both faculty monitor and internship coordinator Holly Coffin) to officially register your internship for-credit.
  • If you are continuing your internship for more than one semester at the same internship site and would like to receive additional credit, your internship responsibilities must change in some way. That might involve working in a different department or on a different project. This must be approved by your faculty monitor or internship coordinator.
  • It’s possible to get credit for more than one internship—that is up to each academic department.
  • Notify the internship coordinator that you are participating in a for-credit internship. Deadlines are:
    • Fall Term: July 1
    • January Term: Nov. 15
    • Spring Term: Dec. 1
    • Summer Term: April 1

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