Liberal Studies Internship Agreement Form
LIBERAL STUDIES INTERNSHIP CREDIT
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:
- www.careeronestop.org – use the employer locator to identify organizations in your area of interest
- LakerJobs- www.gvsu.edu/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!- www.gvsu.edu/experiencematters, 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
- Idealist.org- www.idealist.org 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:
- Learning Objective:____________________________________________________________________________________________
- Learning Objective:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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