More Internship Resources
Internships are a great way for you to try out different career fields and industries while gaining new skills and building your personal network. You can complete one or more internships anytime throughout your experience at KU, and there are plenty of opportunities available for you locally, nationally, and even internationally.
Components of a strong internship:
- Expectations and learning objectives are clear
- Formal and informal evaluations regularly occur
- It’s a true learning experience for you, the student
- Appropriate training and supervision is provided
- Compensation is clearly defined upfront: documentation from the U.S. Department of Labor
- For additional help, see Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program
Learning about other KU students' internship experiences can be a helpful way to learn about and evaluate internship opportunities. Search the interactive Where Have Jayhawks Interned? database to access hundreds of internship video spotlights!
LA&S 490: Internship Exploration
Are you needing or wanting credit for an upcoming internship? If you want to complete an internship that is not related to your major, your department doesn't offer an internship course, you don't meet the requirements for your department's internship course, you are not accepted into a major yet, or you need to explore another option, you may want to consider LA&S 490: Internship Exploration. This course requires permission from the instructor to enroll, additional coursework outside of the internship conducted via the Internet, working a minimum number of hours a week at the internship, and finding an internship via your own connections or the resources at the University Career Center: sample syllabus (.docx). Approved course for Goal 6 (Innovation & Creativity) of the KU Core.
Semesters taught: fall, spring, and summer -- online (1-5 credits)
If you would like to enroll in this course, please complete the enrollment form.
UNIV 120: Introduction to Engaged Learning
Explore your interests in several engaged learning opportunities offered on KU’s campus, including service learning, research, global opportunities, and internships, through self-exploration and hands-on activities related to each experience. You will be able to identify the opportunity/opportunities in which you are most interested and create the materials needed to pursue that experience with the support of your instructor. By the end of the course, you will have a plan outlined to pursue the engaged learning opportunity/opportunities of your choice. You will also have completed at least one requirement related to fulfilling an experiential learning certificate.
Semesters taught: spring -- Lawrence Campus (2 credits)