College of Arts and Sciences Internship Course

This course is designed for the College of  Arts & Sciences student to complete an internship experience and earn 3 credits for their internship. This is an interdisciplinary course (50:090:399).  This course can meet a general free elective curriculum requirement. (Check with your Advisor for verification.)  The Career Center has also partnered with a number of academic departments (Biology, Childhood Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Music, Political Science, National Security Minor, Sociology and Urban Studies) where, based on departmental approval, you can get major credit through this course.

This course can also be taken a second time for an additional 3 credits based secruing a new internship and upon the approval of the course instructors.

Contact the Career Center for details and participating departments.
This course is open to all majors.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be matriculated in the College of Arts & Sciences @ Rutgers - Camden  (School 50)
  • Must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Internships must be approved by the Internship Coordinator
  • Internships must be at least 120 hours during the semester.
  • In addition to the practical experience, you'll need to attend some class covering topics related to experiential learning and professional development
  • Complete other assignments as required by the Internship Coordinator
  • Current OR new jobs may not be used for Internships.
  • Students must be working at their internship during the same semester they are registered for the course.  Credit is not given prior to starting the internship or retroactively after the internship is completed.
  • Intern Supervisors cannot be related to the intern.  Students cannot earn credit for an internship done at an organization owned or operated by a family member.

WHAT IS CONSIDER AN INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT?

An internship is a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to a student’s field of study or career interest.  An internship is an experience which has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what the student is learning throughout the experience.  Internships allow students to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.  Through an internship, students are provided an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

Although internships vary widely from organization to organization, some common characteristics of internships include:

  • Is a time-limited experience that usually lasts about three months and occurs during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Has been created as a formal internship within the organization and is not traditionally a part time job or volunteer work for the organization.
  • Is different from a short-term job or volunteer work and has an intentional “learning agenda” in a structured work environment.                                       
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment.
  • Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern.
  • Seeks to establish a reasonable balance between the intern’s learning goals and the specific work tasks of an organization.
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development.
  • Examples (but not all inclusive) of roles that will not be considered for internship credit: Tutor, After School Aid, Teachers Aid, Traditional Volunteer Work for an organization, NJ PIRG, Traditional Part Time or Full Time job for an organization.

STEPS

  • Secure the Internship.  It is the responsibility of the student to secure the internship. Assistance is provided by the staff of the Career Center and Internship Coordinator. Internships are posted on line in the Career Center's RaptorLink system or in various Internship Directories...also at the Career Center
  • Have your internship approved.  Your internship Supervisor must complete the INTERNSHIP APPROVAL FORM (available at the Career Center, Lower Level of the Campus Center).
  • Upon the internship approval form approval,  a special permission number will be granted for the student to register for this course.  Students can get the special permission number through the Career Center.
  • Deadlines: Fall Internship: Sept. 8th  - Spring Internship: January 22nd - Summer Internship - May 19th

A course syllabus is available at the Career Center.

E-COLLEGE ONLINE INTERNSHIP COURSE
The Arts & Sciences Internship course is available on-line to students completing their degrees at one of Rutgers-Camden's satellite campuses and to Rutgers-Camden campus students who are doing an internship outside of a 50 mile radius of campus. The E-College course can meet a general free elective curriculum requirement. (Check with your Advisor for verification.)  The Career Center has also partnered with the Criminal Justice where, based on departmental approval, Criminal Justice majors can get major credit through the E-College course.

 

Additional Information is available at the Career Center, Lower Level of the Campus Center.
Contact:  Cheryl Hallman  @  challman@camden.rutgers.edu or 856.225.6046