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An internship is required of some majors and can be available for all majors. Tiffin University has many established internships and a potential for many more.

The academic internship program at Tiffin University is an experiential education opportunity that provides a link between the classroom and the workplace. It is an opportunity for the student to learn about her/his area of academic interest through practical experience.

In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for experience coupled with a college education. Internships allow the students to gain work experience through an academic relationship with the college and the employer. An internship can be a single semester or finite time period that may be paid or unpaid, and can be for academic credit.

Begin your investigation well before your Junior year.

  • Talk with your academic advisor to determine if an internship is required and how it will fit into your major curriculum. If your advisor is not a faculty member in your major department you should also speak to someone in your major.

  • It is your responsibility to identify an internship site.

  • Identify a faculty member in your major who is willing to be your faculty internship supervisor.

  • Ask the Director of Internships for information on existing internship sites.

  • Investigate other sites that appeal to you. With your faculty supervisorís permission you may be able to do this on your own. Perhaps you know of an agency or business in your hometown where you would like to work. Feel free to make that first contact.

Eligibility

  • You must have junior status or higher.
  • You must have permission of a faculty member in your major.
  • You must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in your major.
  • Complete all paperwork and obtain all required signatures before participation.

Academic Requirements

  • The student will meet with her/his faculty advisor prior to the beginning of the internship to set learning goals and determine the content and timing of academic activities.

  • The student will contact her/his faculty advisor throughout the internship to discuss progress toward attaining learning goals and completion of academic activities.

  • The student will communicate all problems that arise during the internship to their faculty advisor and/or the Director of Internships.

Internship Requirements: Actual requirements will vary from major to major and school to school. Talk with someone in your major to determine just what the requirements will be. They could include, but are not limited to:

  • A minimum number of hours on the job
  • Writing and submitting a work plan prior to participation.
  • Keeping a journal.
  • Writing a paper.

From the Director of Internships at Tiffin University:

The academic internship program at Tiffin University is an experiential education opportunity that provides a link between the classroom and the workplace. It is an opportunity for the student to learn about her/his area of academic interest through practical experience.

In today's competitive job market, employers are looking for experience coupled with a college education. Internships allow the students to gain work experience through an academic relationship with the college and the employer. An internship can be a single semester or finite time period that may be paid or unpaid, and can be for academic credit.

The Director of Internships, Carol McDannell, can assist students with information on existing and potential internships. She will help students with the application process as well as researching potential internships. Students can contact her at cmcdanne@tiffin.edu or 419-447-9605.