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.
All departments have their own prerequisites for registering for internship credit, but here are some general rules of thumb:
- You have a declared major or minor within the department
- You have at least 60 credit hours
- You are in good academic standing (some departments also have a specific GPA requirement)
- You gain permission from the department (most internship classes require a permit to register)
Once you have secured an internship, it is up to YOU to speak with your academic department about how to receive credit for the experience. Many departments will not accept retroactive experiences, so be mindful of registration deadlines. To receive internship credit, you will typically have to register for an internship class. Your faculty internship coordinator will provide you with information on how to do this. 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.
Credit Bearing Internships in Health Organizations
Students, faculty or volunteers (associates) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) may participate in clinical and non-clinical training activities at affiliated health facilities. In order to be protective of everyone involved, your health and the health and safety of the community in which you may serve; certain participation guidelines have been established.
Infectious, communicable diseases are common in many clinical training sites and may be a threat to our associates. During the performance of clinical training, fieldwork, research or internship activities, our associates may interact and be exposed to clients and research participants with diseases such as but not limited to tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis B (HBV), influenza, and other infections.
University policy, state, and federal statutory regulations, accreditation standards for affiliated agencies require that our associates comply with certain health, safety and legal requirements applicable to their occupation and that those individuals demonstrate particular cognitive and clinical competencies consistent with their program’s minimum practice standards. As such, GVSU is contractually mandated to ensure all associates attain and maintain full compliance with each program’s compliance requirements.
To ensure proper health compliance, your Faculty Internship Coordinator will follow-up with Katie Branch, Director of University Clinical Initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, with any necessary paperwork.