LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
Internships provide a way for you to get hands-on, supervised experience in the field you are studying. You are able to apply the concepts you are learning in the classroom to a work environment. It may be paid or unpaid, last at least one semester (concurrently with classes or independently) and - depending on the organization and time of year - you may work full or part time. You may also elect to receive academic credit for your internship, or do it for the experience alone. In addition, it’s a great way to find out if a particular career or work environment is a good fit for you. And don’t forget…it’s not all about what you know, but who you know (and who knows you!). An internship will open the door to your professional network and hopefully lead to a permanent position upon graduation!
Some GVSU majors/programs require students to complete an internship for academic credit, while others offer internships as an elective. Be sure to check with your academic department regarding these requirements and specific processes. If your academic department does not require that an internship be completed for credit, you can always complete an internship on your own. Although this is a less-expensive alternative (since you’re not paying for credits), we encourage students to consider receiving credit as it generally provides a more meaningful experience.
Secure the internship
Receive approval from academic department. You may need to submit an Internship Agreement Form or application
Register for your class (a permit may be required)
Receiving credit for an unpaid internship? Be sure to apply for our Career Center Internship Award! Ten scholarships are awarded every fall, winter, and spring/summer semester.
Depending on the program, you may or may not actually physically meet as a class; however, there will likely be assignments you’ll have to complete throughout the semester. Keep in contact with your faculty internship coordinator to ensure you are meeting all the appropriate deadlines.
If you are interning with a health related organization, you may be required to go through GVSU Health Compliance. Check with your faculty internship coordinator to see if your internship site qualifies for this.
F-1 or J- 1 International Students: You will need work authorization from USCIS for your internship. Please contact Kate Stoetzner at the Padnos International Center 616 331 3898 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details prior to beginning the internship.
Fall 2020 Conservation Internship
for job 3930913
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Internship opportunity for Python developers
for job 3928629
Event Coordinator (Remote Internship)
for job 3927349
Unfortunately, not all internships may go as planned, and that’s okay. Finding out something you don’t like can be just as helpful as identifying what you do like. Reach out to the Career Center if you have any questions or concerns regarding your internship experience.