By: Justin Luby
Date: April 9th, 2018
Since the day you arrived here on Wittenberg’s campus, you have heard about the many internships that students on campus experience. Some of these internships are voluntary, some are paid, some are during the school year and some are in the summer – but ultimately, every internship that any student on Wittenberg’s campus completes will only be recognized on your transcript if you turn in the correct forms to register them.
Turning in a form is such a simple concept it seems, but many students struggle to understand the difference between forms, the procedures of filling them out, where and who they turn them into, etc. To help you out, these internship forms will be simplified and explained so that you will know exactly what to do to get your summer or fall internships registered for exactly what you want it to count for.
So, what are the differences between all of these forms and requirements?
When completing an internship FOR CREDIT – you must fill out the “Internship Agreement Form”. These can be found outside of the career services office at the compass center in the library along with many other forms. When you pick up one of these forms, you’ll see that it may take some time to actually complete it due to everything it takes to fill it out in its entirety. You will need to discuss with your academic department if your desired internship is able to be counted for credit, and from there work with them to determine the number of credit hours it will satisfy and whether or not the internship will be counted as a writing intensive. Once this is done, you still have some work to do – you need a total of four signatures to be finished with the form. You’ll need to track down your Academic Advisor, your Faculty Supervisor (The Witt faculty member that will monitor your internship), the chair of your major department, and finally, a signature from your site supervisor when you’re actually at your internship. Don’t waste any time, get this done early! If you’re seeking credit over the summer, you wouldn’t want to ruin your chances by not getting this form in before you leave campus. And always remember, if you choose to count your internship as credit, remember you will pay the fee for each credit you take.
When completing an internship for a graduation requirement, but not for credit – Many of the academic departments on Wittenberg’s campus will require you to complete an internship over the course of your time here, but it’s not actually for classroom credits. This requirement is more so checking off a box; it is not a required course that grants you credits, but still a graduation requirement. When doing an internship not for credit, no payment to do so is necessary and you will not have to go through the same form signing process. Once you’ve officially confirmed a summer internship, fill out the “Internship Agreement Form”, but disregard the credit hour fields and the required signature areas. From here, you will need to coordinate with your academic advisor to determine how you will officially log the internship, as it is specific to each department.
When completing an internship, other forms/logs are necessary for program evaluation. These forms can also be found outside of the Career Services office at the compass center in the library and are used to track your work, evaluate your performance, and get feedback on your experience.
Internship Work Hours Log – a simple form to be used to track your work hours throughout your time as an intern. Remember that if an internship is done for credit, 35 hours of work is the minimum equivalent to one credit. These form will be filled out by the student and checked over and initialed by the supervisor.
Employer Evaluation of Intern – a form used for your site supervisor to evaluate you at the end of your internship. This uses a rating scale, intending to assess your work, all upon the basis of things such as punctuality, attendance, attitude, etc. This form is to be filled out by your supervisor and it is your responsibility to make sure they fill this out and send it back to the Career Services office upon completion of your internship.
Student Evaluation of Internship – a form used to assess the student’s satisfaction and experience they had at their internship. You will evaluate your experience, your supervisor, and your company from your own viewpoint. This form is to be filled out by the student and is not intended to be shared with your supervisor.