Internships are a key part of an Ohio University education. A successful internship gives you valuable work-related skills, experience working in a professional environment, useful professional networking opportunities, and a salary. It also can improve your chances in searching for jobs after graduation.
The McClure School does not require students to complete internships. However, an internship may be used for academic credit in some circumstances.
Finding an Internship
You may find an internship in any of several ways:
- On your own from your own search or personal contacts
- Through a Career Fair sponsored by the University’s Career and Leadership Development Center
- Through the McClure School’s internship process, which seeks to bring students and employers together
You may take advantage of the McClure School’s Resume Service, which helps you craft effective cover letters and resumes that are available to employers. The service is available to all ITS majors in good standing, regardless of academic year or professional goals. Ask your advisor for more information.
Internships for Academic Credit
Qualified students may earn up to 12 hours of semester credit for internships. This is an optional class and does not count as an ITS elective course.
To receive academic credit for an internship, you must:
- be an Information and Telecommunication Systems major, in good academic standing, with at least 60 hours completed at the time of the internship
- have completed ITS 2300 and one 3000-level ITS course
- have at least one semester remaining on campus after the internship
And your internship must
- last at least 10 weeks
- be a full-time, paid position
- involve telecom-related work
If you meet these requirements, complete an ITS Internship Application, which requests information regarding courses taken, special interests and skills, and geographic preference.
Students enrolled in ITS 4910 are required to document their experience.
- While on the job, keep a journal discussing and evaluating your experiences. This is submitted at the end of your internship semester.
- At the close of the internship, the sponsor should submit to the internship coordinator an evaluation of your performance; standard company evaluations are acceptable.
Internships typically take place during the summer and last 10 to 12 weeks. You may arrange internships during other academic semesters or of longer duration.
Students on internship are expected to function as normal employees. You should work a standard work week, attend staff meetings, and perform overtime/special duties when appropriate.
In most cases, you are responsible for your own housing and other expenses; however, sponsors sometimes subsidize housing expenses or assist in locating appropriate lodging.
Notes for Employers
Employers are asked to submit an Internship Sponsor Application and position description to the internship coordinator.
Although the Resume Service is designed to be a conduit of information from student to prospective employer, the McClure School can facilitate the hiring process in many ways. We can host on-campus interviews or expedite videoconference interviews.
If the student is enrolled for academic credit during the internship, there are some additional considerations:
- The intern must be paid.
- The sponsor is asked to submit to the internship coordinator a formal evaluation of the intern’s performance at the end of the internship. Standard company personnel evaluations are acceptable.
We encourage you to contact the Internship Coordinator (Phil Campbell) or Internship Assistant (Barbara Moran) for assistance. They will be happy to guide you through the process of hiring student interns, and to provide any support that you might want or need.