College of Arts and Sciences Internship Course

This course is designed for the College of Arts & Sciences student to complete an internship and earn 3 credits for their experience. This is an interdisciplinary course (50:090:399).  This course can meet a general elective curriculum or experiential learning (XPL) requirement. (Check with your Academic Advisor for verification.)  

The Arts & Sciences internship course is open to all majors as general elective credit.  Additionally, the Career Center has partnered with a number of academic departments (Biology, Childhood Studies, Criminal Justice, English, Health Sciences, Political Science, National Security Minor, Sociology, Spanish and Urban Studies) where, based on departmental approval, your internship may be eligible to earn major elective credit.

Registration for the Arts & Sciences Internship Course is by special permission number only.  Students must secure an internship and have it approved before a special permission number will be issued.

STEPS TO TAKE

  1. Secure your Internship  
    It is the student's responsibility secure an internship. Assistance is provided by the staff of the Career Center.  For assistance finding an internship schedule an appointment with a Career Management Specialist.  Appointments can be schedule on Handshake or by calling 856.225.6046.
    Student are encouraged to review and apply to internships on the Career Center's Handshake  database. 
     
  2. Have your internship approved
    Your internship site supervisor must complete the INTERNSHIP APPROVAL FORM (available at the Career Center, Lower Level of the Campus Center or request the form by emailing careercenter@camden.rutgers.edu).
     
  3. Register for the Internship Class
    Upon approval of the internship by the internship instructor, a special permission number will be granted to register for this course. 

Deadlines for course registration:
Fall Internship - September 19
Spring Internship - January 25
Summer Internship - May 20

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a matriculated undergraduate student at Rutgers-Camden.  
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing.  The course is not open to first year students.
  • Good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Internships must be approved by the Internship Coordinator
  • Internships must be a minimum of 120 hours during the semester
  • In addition to the practical experience, you will need to attend classes 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 site 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 CONSIDERED 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 or shadowing 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, Shadowing, After School Aid, Teachers Aid, Traditional Volunteer Work for an organization, NJ PIRG, Traditional Part Time or Full Time job for an organization.

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 online 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 and Political Science where, based on departmental approval, Criminal Justice and Political Science majors can get major credit through the online 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