Here are some common questions and answers about the internship program:
How do I line up my internship?
It is each student’s responsibility to secure their internship. Students will receive guidance and assistance at each step of the process, in HSC 495, and in consultation with the Department of Nutrition and Health Science Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Gremer. These steps include but are not limited to:
- identifying internship requirements
- evaluating possible sites
- developing a resume/cover letter
- preparing for interviews
- honing professionalism
Are there restrictions on where I can go to do my internship?
No, as long as the internship has been approved by the Internship Coordinator and appropriate agency personnel.
Is the internship paid?
Is there a prerequisite?
Typically no. It is more difficult to find a paid internship. However, some level of "stipend" may be offered at some agencies.
In order to enroll in HSC 479, (6 cr. hr.), health science majors must have taken a minimum of 25 credit hours in health science, and must earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 in the following health science courses: HSC 200, 210, 220, 301, 302, 310, 344, 387, 388, 487, and 494.
Additionally, the student should plan to complete HSC 495 1-2 semesters prior to their internship. The internship itself will be completed the last semester before graduation, typically in Spring or Summer semester.
How much time does the internship take?
The internship is completed in 360 clock hours. The internship must be completed in one semester.
How long is the internship?
The internship typically lasts 11-14 weeks.
How many credit hours will I earn?
Interns earn 6 credit hours in HSC 479.
Do I have to interview with an agency to get an internship?
Yes. The Department of Nutrition and Health Science Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Gremer, makes the first contact to determine interest of the agency. Students then schedule an appointment for the interview. Approvals of an internship site and position must be granted before interviews may take place.
How do I dress for the interview?
Business clothes are preferred.
Following the interview, do I need to do anything?
Yes. It is most appropriate to send a thank you note regardless of whether or not you intend to complete the internship at the agency. It is also necessary to inform the university Internship Coordinator about your intentions regarding the prospective internship.
If you have any further questions, please contact Sarah Gremer, the Internship Coordinator.