All students, regardless of their field of study, are encouraged to participate in one or more internship 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:
- Better preparation for a future career
- Application of classroom learning and demonstrated professional work skills
- Affirmation and clarification of major and career choice
- Creation of a more competitive job candidate
Why an Internship?
The Internship Program at Coastal Carolina University is designed to strengthen the abilities of students to link theory with practice by creating internship learning opportunities across all of the University’s educational programs. Recently, the University has chosen Experienced@Coastal as the title of its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) because it recognizes the student learning impact of real world experience. Students enrolling in faculty-supervised internship courses will earn academic credit, a grade and experience related to their career interest.
Academic Internship Requirements
- Approved, supervised, and graded by faculty supervisor
- Provides new and meaningful learning experience
- Includes specific student learning goals
- Requires completion of on-site work hours
- Student work performance is supervised and evaluated by employer
- Requires student to evaluate experience through active reflection
Internship Essentials for Students and Employers
- An internship is structured to benefit both student and sponsoring organization
- Internship site and job duties should be related to the student’s major and career interest
- Interns should be able to gain a new self-awareness and build confidence in their work ability by successfully completing work assignments.
- Interns should be given direct and specific instruction by employer supervisor in order to facilitate learning
- Employers should offer interns a broad exposure to various departments and job functions within their organization
- Internship experiences should provide a challenging opportunity for the student to develop the following work-related skills:
- effective communication
- organizational skills