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Wofford students have interned with hundreds of healthcare professionals, attorneys, legislators, small business owners and nonprofit executives. The list of internship sites also includes: 

  • ABC News
  • BMW
  • The Bonner Foundation
  • Citigroup, Hong Kong
  • CNN
  • Michelin North America
  • NASA
  • Oxford University, England
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Smithsonian Institute
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

2018 Interim Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships 

Internships help students integrate academic and experiential learning through a wide range of practical experiences. Though internships vary considerably in form across disciplines, successful internships share two characteristics: appropriate supervision and a substantial academic component, including assessment of learning outcomes. Internships affiliated with Wofford College may or may not bear academic credit. The focus of this policy is on internships that bear academic credit. Accordingly, the sponsoring programs (faculty, departments, co-curricular programs) shall have the authority to regulate internship matters within their own disciplines, subject to the general provisions in this policy.

Appropriate supervision is​ expected for all internships. Though this is not defined as a matter of college policy, what constitutes appropriate supervision will vary based on the sponsoring program’s specific policies, disciplinary traditions, and individual facts and circumstances. For example, students placed with an organization with a significant history with Wofford College may require less supervision than students placed with new organizations. Similarly, students placed geographically further from campus may require different types of supervision than students near campus. Appropriate supervision suggests, at a minimum, regular contact with the student as well as periodic communications with the faculty or staff adviser. Phone contact, site visits with the off-campus supervisor and email availability are all examples of ways to achieve appropriate supervision. It is the responsibility of the academic programs or sponsors to oversee the internship, as well as the individual faculty member or adviser, to determine whether the level of supervision is appropriate to the individual internship experience. The academic department shall have the ability to set appropriate ratios of students to faculty members in order to ensure appropriate supervision. Evidence of appropriate supervision should be retained for each internship experience in accordance with academic record retention policy.

A substantial academic component is expected for any internship receiving academic credit. As with any course at Wofford College, academic progress associated with the internship experience must be assessed and evaluated by the appropriate faculty member. Reliance solely on the external sponsoring organization's evaluation of the student is generally insufficient to establish either a substantial academic component or evidence of learning outcomes.

Paid internships. Internships may take many forms and may be paid or unpaid. In general, Wofford does not restrict student internship experiences. However, students shall be limited to only one internship experience that bears both pay and academic credit during their academic career. If credit hours and pay are granted for the same internship experience, that student has exhausted his or her single paid internship opportunity. The amount and timing of payment are not of consequence when the pay and credit are associated with the same internship experience. For purposes of this policy, “pay” is defined as the student's receiving an IRS Form W-2, Form 1099 or other official wage statement from the employer for the internship.  

Student responsibilities.  Students shall submit representation, obtained directly from the internship sponsor, as to the nature of the internship, specifically whether it is paid or unpaid. The faculty member or adviser, in accordance with academic record retention policy, should retain evidence of the paid or unpaid nature of the internship. As employment compensation is a private matter between employer and employee, it is not necessary for students to document the amount, timing or nature of their compensation. Students shall notify the faculty member or adviser of record of any material changes in circumstances, such as employment duties, pay or work schedule. The Honor Code is in effect with respect to internship disclosures, so students should be candid and complete in their internship reporting.

Faculty/adviser responsibilities. The faculty member or adviser of record is responsible for the following: 1) Providing appropriate supervision of the internship and retaining evidence of such supervision. 2) Assessing and evaluating the academic component of the internship and its learning outcomes. 3) Providing evidence of the paid or unpaid nature of the internship to the academic department and the registrar. The faculty member also should retain such evidence.

Internship and apprenticeship projects should be preceded by an adequate orientation, should include a directed reading program, and during each of the four weeks of Interim should involve students in at least 30 hours of direct contact with the off-campus mentors. Students should keep a daily record and critique of their activities during the month and should expect their faculty sponsors to be in contact with them and/or with outside agencies at least weekly. Appropriate letters of verification must accompany proposals for internships or apprenticeships, or for any other projects involving the facilities and/or cooperation of non-Wofford persons or agencies, from those persons or agencies.

In his or her Interim work at Wofford, no student should undertake more than one internship or apprenticeship in any given area.

For more information on internships, visit the Learning Work internship page