St. Mary's College of Maryland

Internships

Internships for academic credit are designed to help students support their academic and career goals through off-campus supervised work experiences. Internships cannot be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

  1. Policies
    1. Internships are available to full-time, degree-seeking juniors or seniors who have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or higher. Acceptance into the Internship Program is based primarily on the student's ability to perform well in the type of internship sought, as indicated by assessment of the student's intellectual qualities, reliability, personal maturity, and ability to combine an extensive academic assignment with on-site work.
    2. A maximum of 16 semester-hours of internship credit may be applied toward a degree at St. Mary's. All 16 semester-hours need not be taken in a single semester. Summer internships may carry between 4 and 8 semester-hours. Students who wish to take more than 8 semester-hours for a summer internship must obtain written permission from the associate provost of academic services. The number of internship credits that may be applied toward fulfillment of a student's major requirement is determined by the appropriate academic department.
    3. If the contractual agreement has been only partially fulfilled, the student may receive only part of the contracted number of credits, as determined by the student's faculty supervisor and the director of career services.
    4. The evaluation of the internship will be based on the specifics of the learning agreement.
    5. The mode of evaluation will be Credit/No credit. The academic project will be evaluated by the faculty supervisor and assigned a letter grade that will appear parenthetically on the student's academic record. This grade will not be included in the calculation of the student's GPA. The academic project must receive a passing grade for the student to receive credit. Credit for the internship will be assigned by the faculty supervisor after consultation with all appropriate parties, including the director of Career Services.
    6. In general, the policy is that students may not receive both a salary and credit for an internship. However, in certain circumstances related to the nature of a site's own organizational mandates, it may be possible for an intern to receive both credit and pay. The student should petition the Academic Policy Committee, providing 1) verification of the situation from the site, 2) approval from the coordinator for internships, and 3) approval from the faculty internship supervisor, to request permission for an exception to the general policy regarding receiving credit and pay for an internship.
  2. Procedures
    1. Students interested in registering for internships should meet with the director of Career Services early in the semester prior to the internship placement.
    2. The director of Career Services and the appropriate department chair must approve the site placements of students for any site at which an SMCM student has not previously interned for credit.
    3. The "Internship Agreement" will be prepared by the student, approved by the on-site supervisor, faculty supervisor, director of Career Services, and submitted to the director of Career Services by the end of the semester prior to the start of the internship.
    4. Both the intern and on-site supervisor will complete written evaluations of the internship for the director of Career Services before the end of the internship.
    5. The intern will file a copy of the academic project with the faculty supervisor

An extensive internship program allows juniors and seniors to meet academic and career goals through a supervised work-learning semester or summer spent as an intern at a College-approved worksite. Qualified students may earn up to 1 16 semester-hours of academic credit. During the summer, however, a maximum of eight semester-hours may be earned. Each intern is assigned daily tasks and a term-long project supervised by a faculty member in the intern's major. The grading system for internships is credit/no credit; the hours earned are not included in calculation of a student's GPA.

The director of career services facilitates the screening of prospective interns, assists them in identifying and contacting appropriate work sites and monitors the progress of each individual internship. To be eligible to register for an internship, a student must meet all the requirements for admission to the Internship Program as stated in this catalog (see Academic Policies section), including a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

If a student qualifies for an internship, the College will make every effort to facilitate placement with an approved organization. However, students must be aware that the Internship Program is a cooperative venture with organizations and individuals outside the College, and therefore the College cannot guarantee placement for every internship candidate. All placements are subject to approval by the student's faculty supervisor. In past years, sites have included government agencies, biological laboratories, art galleries, human service agencies, and business organizations.

The internship application process requires planning and commitment on the part of a number of individuals. Therefore, students apply, select sites, and complete their learning agreements in the semester preceding the internship.

Internship Resources