All Integrative Studies majors are required to complete at least 2 credits of Internship. The internship portion of the major provides supervised work experience through which students can integrate their academic studies with practice. Student, faculty, and advisors agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation.
(for assistance locating internship opportunities)
(to submit your internship application)
Registration Instructions and Preparation
Main Campus (Allendale and Pew) Students:
Students are required to attend an Internship Workshop or meet with their faculty advisor to discuss internship placement and complete required paperwork. They are encouraged to begin locating opportunities and discussing plans with their faculty advisor at least one semester prior to registering for Internship. Workshops will be announced via email. After attending the workshop and obtaining an internship, students should electronically submit their internship agreement via the Internship Management Site. Consult the Internship Agreement Procedure for helpful information.
Please contact Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions regarding an internship.
Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP) Students:
Requirements for obtaining approval and registering for the internship are the same for ALP students as for others pursuing the Integrative Studies major. ALP students should discuss their needs with Interim Program Coordinator, Professor Justin Pettibone (email@example.com). You will need to submit an internship agreement form. Consult the Internship Agreement Procedure for helpful information. When completing your internship agreement form, please check with Professor Pettibone to be sure you are choosing the appropriate coordinator from the Internship Coordinator drop-down menu.
Traverse City Students:
Requirements for obtaining approval and registering for the internship are the same for Traverse City-based students as for others pursuing the Integrative Studies major, however Traverse City students will want to work especially closely with GVSU's Traverse City professional and faculty advisors (Jackie Abeyta and Kate Fairman) for help locating internship opportunities and completing the necessary paperwork. You will need to submit an internship agreement form. Consult the Internship Agreement Procedure for helpful information. When completing your internship agreement form, please check with Professor Fairman to be sure you are choosing the appropriate coordinator from the Internship Coordinator drop-down menu.
Q: How many credits of internship must an Integrative Studies student complete to fulfill the major requirement?
A: Integrative Studies majors are required to complete 2 credit hours of LIB 490 Internship, but may complete more if desired.
Q: How many credits of internship can be taken in one semester?
A: Students can take no more than six credits of internship in any single semester.
Q: How many hours of work are required per credit hour of Internship?
A: Each credit hour is equivalent to 50 hours of work at your internship site.
Q: If interning at two separate locations, must an internship agreement form be submitted for each site?
A: Yes. Each internship agreement contains site specific information.
Q: Can students register for LIB 490 prior to submitting a learning agreement through the Internship Management System (IMS)?
A: No, a site supervisor must approve the learning agreement and objectives through IMS before a permit can be issued.
Q: If an internship agreement has been approved, why is there a registration error in Banner when adding the course?
A: Students may not register until a permit is put in place which occurs after an agreement is approved. Please wait for an email from the Liberal Studies Office with registration instructions.
Q: How is an internship placement approved?
A: Students must submit a learning agreement through the Internship Management System, in which learning objectives and contact information for a site supervisor should be included. The site supervisor will receive an email requesting approval. Once approved by the site supervisor, the internship coordinator will approve the agreement and issue a registration permit.
Q: How do students log into the Internship Management System?
A: Students should log in using their GVSU issued network username and password. This is the same information used to log onto campus computers.