Interdisciplinary Studies students are career focused individuals. All students in the major are encouraged to participate in one or more internships during their enrollment at Coastal Carolina University. Students can work as interns during their fall, spring, or summer semesters if their schedules permit.
Some of the major benefits include:
- National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2008 survey show that approximately 67% of all student internships lead to a job offer.
- Real-world work experience helps a student to confirm their major and establish their career goal.
- Completing an experiential internship along with the online course component will earn academic credit which can be used in the major.
- Interpersonal and professional skills will be learned in a work environment.
- Students with internships are given a "competitive-edge" when seeking a job after graduation and are more likely to create a network with local persons in the professional field.
The internship course in our major is titled Experiential Internship (IDS 495). This course may be taken for credit anywhere between 3 and 12 credit hours. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours combined.
The amount of on-site work required depends on credits hours enrolled:
- 40 work hours per 1 credit hour
- 120 work hours - 3 credits (minimum)
- 160 work hours - 4 credits
- 200 work hours - 5 credits
- 240 work hours - 6 credits
- 280 work hours - 7 credits
- 320 work hours - 8 credits
- 360 work hours - 9 credits
- 400 work hours - 10 credits
- 440 work hours - 11 credits
- 480 work hours - 12 credits (maximum)
Divide the number of work hours needed by the number of weeks in your semester to find out how many hours a week you would need to work.
To begin an internship experience or find out more information about opportunities, set up an appointment with Internship Coordinator Robert Bulsza in Career Services at (843) 349-2341. Access additional information at http://www.coastal.edu/career/internships/index.html.
Students will not be enrolled in the Experiential Internship course IDS 495 until all paperwork has been finalized, signed by student and internship supervisor and returned to Robert Bulsza in Career Services. Students must commit to a set number of work hours / credit hours up front to enroll in the course.
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