ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Bryant University offers eligible juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn academic credit by combining significant work experience with academic study. Such opportunities recognize the value of work experience and critical reflection as an important avenue for learning. Internships and practicum are approved by the Academic Department Chairpersons with organizations representing a variety of industries and career opportunities.
Learning Through Internships Includes:
- Academic Learning and Application : apply ideas, concepts, or theories of the concentration, major or minor field of study learned in the classroom to a practical setting.
- Skill Development : develop skills specific to your academic area of study or occupation; and/or general skills such as oral and written communication, critical thinking, organization, problem solving, decision making, leadership, technical, etc.
- Personal Growth : develop and enhance self-confidence, self-awareness, self-management, sensitivity and appreciation for diversity, interpersonal relationships, clarification of work and personal values, and career awareness.
- Reflection : assessment of learning based on assignments provided by a faculty member and receive a grade based on academic principles and feedback from employer
Types of Internships
An academic internship (Course code: 391 or 491) is a three credit elective course in either a concentration, minor or general business / arts & sciences area of study which provides a professional work experience. A faculty supervisor will create an academic learning assignment with the student, monitor the internship, and assign a grade.
A general business / arts & sciences practicum (Course code: BUS491, AS391) provides eligible seniors the opportunity to work and study earning from six to nine credit hours, depending on the academic nature of the effort and time committed to the practicum. Students develop a major research project which is monitored by a faculty supervisor.
Special Academic Internship Programs
European Internship Abroad (EUSA)
The Washington Center (TWC)
- A full-time internship and seminar program offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters in DC.
- Previous students have worked in the White House, Environmental Protection Agency, National Opera House, a law firm and a Lobbying Consultant firm.
- The internship placement, seminar program, one evening course and housing is provided and 9 to 15 credits can be earned.
- Eligibility: Must complete minimum of 90 credits, minimum overall GPA: 2.7.
- To learn more about the program and application process, go to the Bryant Career Connection (BCC) and conduct a keyword search: Washington Center.
Eligibility Requirements for the Academic Internship Program
- Students must be a junior or senior having completed departmental prerequisites within the concentration, minor or degree area of study for Internship 391 course as stated in the Undergraduate Course Catalog .
- Students must have a minimum cumulative, and concentration GPA of 2.0. For Finance 391, students must possess a minimum cumulative and concentration GPA of 2.5.
- Transfer students must have completed one full semester to establish a GPA and prerequisite coursework prior to applying for an internship.
- Students are required to attend a Mandatory Orientation to Academic Internships to apply to internships posted on the Bryant Career Connection. Resources to aid you in successfully preparing for and searching for an internship will be provided.
- All internship opportunities must be approved by the Academic Department Chairperson or their designee through the Amica Center for Career Education prior to starting an internship for academic credit.
- A maximum of nine credit hours of any combination of internships and practicum may be applied to fulfill degree requirements; a maximum of three credit hours may be applied to fulfill requirements in a degree, concentration or minor program of study.
- Student must complete a minimum of 120 hours for each academic internship worked over a period of 10-12 weeks.
- An academic internship within a student's family business is not permitted.
- Students will not be given credit for current or past jobs.
- Students seeking academic credit must discuss eligibility with an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office by the deadline established each semester and receive an enrollment form to process through Banner.
- Students must secure a Faculty Supervisor to assess learning and provide a letter grade.
- Faculty must be a full-time, tenure track professor or adjunct professor from the discipline for which the internship is approved.
- Academic internships may be unpaid, paid or offer a stipend as determined by the employer.
General Timeline for Successful Internship Search
Prepare one semester PRIOR to the Internship start date:
- 2013 Academic Internship Timelines
- Attend one Mandatory Orientation to Academic Internships
- Set an internship goal based on self-assessment and career research.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office to discuss eligibility and registration process.
- Write a powerful resume, a dynamic cover letter and have confidence in your interviewing skills. Attend career workshops listed on BCC, obtain handouts in the Career Center or on our website, or meet with a Career Counselor.
- Upload resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and any other materials required by the employer to the document section of BCC to apply to pre-approved internships.
- Research internship opportunities by using a variety of resources, such as: BCC, websites, company home pages, directories, networking, LinkedIn, etc
Approval of Academic Internships
Pre-approved : Internships listed on the Bryant Career Connection (BCC) have been approved by the appropriate Academic Department Chairperson or are pending approval. In Document Section, upload resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and any other materials required by the employer.
Student submitted proposals : Internships found by using a variety of resources may be presented to the Manager of the Academic Internship Program for review by the appropriate Academic Department Chair. The employer must complete an Internship Data Sheet and include a comprehensive job or project description. The Internship Data Sheet may be obtain or emailed to the employer by the Internship Manager in the Amica Center for Career Education one semester prior to starting the internship.
Banner Enrollment Process
The electronic enrollment process on Banner provides a student with a system to coordinate and monitor the phases of registering for an academic internship with the offices of Undergraduate Advising, the Career Center, the Faculty Supervisor, the Department Chair and the Registrar’s Office.
Banner Registration Instructions
Student : will be provided with a learning agreement packet from the Career Center. The packet includes: intern schedule, mid-performance evaluation and final performance evaluation to be completed with intern's site supervisor. The student will fax, scan & email or drop off the forms to the Amica Center for Career Education at the appropriate time during the semester. The student will complete an Intern Assessment Form at the conclusion of the internship to reflect on both professional and personal learning and to rate the experience.
Faculty Supervisor : will provide each intern with a syllabus or learning agreement stating grading guidelines. These guidelines may include: meetings with the faculty advisor, measurable learning objectives, criteria for a research paper, required portfolio, written log or journal. The professor will review the mid-semester performance and final performance evaluations submitted by the employer to assess performance and provide student with a letter grade.
Employer : will complete a schedule form, mid-performance evaluation form and final performance evaluation form provided by the intern to insure feedback is provided on the practical application of academic learning; skill development and personal growth.