Internship Information

Thank you for considering GVSU Occupational Safety and Health students to complete an internship at your site. Our Interns are excited for the opportunity to apply the health and safety principles learned in a real world setting. Our interns have also been very successful at their internship locations and employers find the experience very beneficial to their company. An internship is a requirement of all OSHM majors. The specific requirements and details for the internship experience can be found in the internship guidelines document found by clicking on the Internship Guidelines button below.

If you are interested in hosting a GVSU OSHM major at your site for an internship please contact Derek McCormick, Internship Coordinator, at (616) 331-2649 or email at mccorder@gvsu.edu.


OSHM Internship (OSH 490)

The internship in OSH is designed to expose students to an experiential learning environment that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Taking OSH 490 is an important element in the OSHM curriculum because it affords students the opportunity to reflect on what is taught in the classroom and how it applies in the work environment. An OSH major is required to take a minimum of a 3 credit hour internship (OSH 490) to fulfill the OSHM degree requirements. Before an internship can be taken for credit, a student must be an admitted OSHM major and have satisfactorily completed 15 credit hours in OSH specific classes. A 3 credit hour internship requires a minimum of 300 hours in 14 weeks. A 6 credit hour internship requires a minimum of 600 credit hours in 14 weeks.


Important Internship Dates

Due to the high demand of Health and Safety Interns, we have outlined some important dates below (in respect to the semester the employer would like an intern) to assist employers in their intern hiring process.  These dates are also set to ensure the student will be able to receive full academic credit for their internship.  

  • Part-time Interns must complete a minimum 300 work hours to receive 3 credits. 
  • Full-time interns must complete a minimum of 600 work hours to receive 6 credits. 

For additional information, please contact Derek McCormick at mccorder@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-6249.

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