Elective Internship Policy

04 Sep 2018 19:42

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Student Eligibility

  1. Only students in good academic standing may apply for an elective internship. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 is preferred, but the final decision rests with the individual academic department. Required internships must meet program guidelines.
  2. Students who participate in an elective internship should have junior or senior status; however, departments may make exceptions for individual cases.
  3. Faculty are encouraged to only recommend students who would be excellent representatives of USAO for elective internships.
  4. Internship credit will not be granted retroactively; students must have internships approved in advance.

Academic Credit

  1. A maximum of 12 trimester hours of elective internship credit may be counted toward degree requirements at USAO.
  2. Students are able to receive academic credit for elective internships completed during any trimester.
  3. At least thirty (30) hours of internship or internship-related activities are required for one credit hour. Advisors should caution students against enrolling in a heavy course load plus an internship.

Financial Considerations

  1. Students participating in the USAO elective internship program will be charged tuition for the amount of hours associated with the internship. If students are eligible for financial aid, their aid will be applied to internship hours as well as hours attempted in traditional courses.
  2. Any extra travel or work-related expenses are the student’s responsibility. Some student interns may be paid a salary or stipend by their host organizations; other internships are unpaid


  1. Students should begin exploring internship placements no later than one trimester preceding their intended internship (note: some competitive internships have application deadlines six to eight months prior to the start of the internship).
  2. Students should select their faculty supervisor one trimester prior to the internship to allow time for preliminary planning and paperwork. Students must complete the Elective Internship Learning Contract.
  3. It is strongly recommended that the faculty supervisor and internship-site supervisor complete a midterm check to assure that the internship is proceeding as planned.
  4. All deadlines for the completion of work outlined in the learning contract will be established by the faculty supervisor

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