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"The faculty members at Grand Valley have been extremely personable. They have offered an environment that is fun to learn in." - Trevor Begin, social work grad student

Liberal Studies Internship Agreement Form


STEP 1: Find and internship:

  • Contact organizations you are interested in interning with
  • Have an idea of a project or the type of work you would like to contribute to
  • When approaching a company or organization, be sure you are able to articulate what you would like to get out of the internship as well as what you can contribute
  • Some places to check out:
    • – use the employer locator to identify organizations in your area of interest
    • LakerJobs-, is GVSU’s online internship and job posting board. To create an account click “Register for new account” and enter your email address as your username and “lakerjobs” (without quotations) as your first-time password
      • Experience Matters!-, is a site where students write about their internship experience. While this is not an internship posting site, it does provide ideas of places and projects you may be interested in pursuing
      • provides many non-profit and grassroots type opportunities
  • Meet with a Career Advisor
    • Lisa Knapp or Rachel Becklin in Career Services are happy to help you identify or prepare to apply for an internship opportunity. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment by calling 616-331-3311. Lisa also holds walk-in hours in 225 LOH. Call Career Services for dates and times.
  • Talk to your peers and faculty
    • Your classmates who already completed an internship can often make great recommendations and referrals for internships
    • Many faculty members are connected within the community and may have ideas of potential internship sites

STEP 2: Complete the online Internship Agreement Form

  • You will need to know your interning site supervisor’s contact information (email address, phone, and address)
  • You may request 1-6 credits for your internship. 1 credit hour is equivalent to 50 hours of work at your internship site. Please note, that 2 credits of internship are required for the Liberal Studies degree. You do not need to take more than 2 credits (even if you are working more than 100 hours at your internship site).
  • In the “Description of Internship” field, be sure to identify your key learning objectives for the internship. You may follow this format:
  1. Learning Objective:____________________________________________________________________________________________                                              
  2. Learning Objective:                                                                                                                                                                 
  3. Learning Objective:                                                                                                                                                                  

Duties, responsibilities, and activities for meeting objective

  • Please note you cannot access your form once it has been submitted. If you need to make changes to it, please contact Kate Fairman at or 231.995.1842


STEP 3: Register for LIB 490

  • Once you have submitted your Online Internship Agreement Form, it will be reviewed by your internship site supervisor and your faculty internship coordinator, Wendy Burns-Ardolino.
  • After Dr. Burns-Ardolino has approved your internship (based on the information provided in the Internship Agreement Form) you will receive an email indicating you are able to register for your internship “class”- LIB 490. Your section number will correlate with the number of credit hours you indicted on the Agreement Form.


STEP 4: Complete the internship

  • There is no “class” to attend- you will be learning on the job


STEP 5: Submit your LIB 490 Assignments

    • About 3 weeks prior to the end of the semester, you and your internship site supervisor will receive an email with a link to your online evaluation. Both you and your site supervisor must complete the evaluation.
  • TBD: Meet with Kate Fairman to review materials