At the undergraduate level, an internship is required. Students receive at least 120 hours of practical experience, for which they will earn 3 academic credits. Internships are defined as responsible positions that involve no more than 20-percent clerical work. The 120 hours are usually worked over a 10-14 week period at approximately 20 hours per week, with adjustments made for the shorter summer semester.
*Internships should pertain to your major/specialty
To be eligible for academic internships, undergraduate students must have completed 90 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (both overall and in their major courses).
*Internships for academic credit MUST be approved by the Director of Experiential Learning, David Pomeroy.
When should I start pursuing my internship?
Student preparation for an academic internship begins three to six months prior to beginning work. Addressing the required internship early is highly encouraged, as the summer before senior year is an opportune time to complete an internship. Proactive time management will make subsequent job hunting much easier.
Students begin the internship process by meeting with the Director of Business Learning, David Pomeroy, to verify eligibility and to obtain assistance in identifying and selecting potential internships.
What’s the timeline?
- Students should schedule a meeting with David Pomeroy at the beginning of their junior year second semester.
- Internships must be set up, with all forms turned in, prior to the start of the semester in which you are interning.
Ex: If you would like to complete your internship during your final Spring semester, you must make arrangements and obtain approval from David Pomeroy before Winter break.
What if I miss the deadline?
If you do not abide by the deadline, your internship will have to wait until the following semester, and it could interfere with your graduation date or full-time job prospects.
Do I only need one internship?
Only one internship is required for graduation, but Marymount students are encouraged to take advantage of other internships or work-related opportunities outside of the SBA requirement. While academic credit will only be granted for approved internships, students can learn valuable lessons and develop important contacts through earlier work opportunities.
At Marymount, students may receive assistance identifying job or internship opportunities (with or without academic credit) from the SBA Director of Business Learning, the Career Internship Center, or their academic advisors.
Will my internship be paid?
Internships may be either paid or unpaid at the discretion of the sponsoring organization. Some organizations may provide another type of stipend and/or reimburse transportation or other expenses.
What are professional standards?
Students are expected to abide by the guidelines and rules established by Marymount and by the company for which they intern. Dress and conduct should be professional and reflect the tone set by the organization and its employees.
Can I complete my internship abroad?
International internships in locations such as London are also available. All international programs are coordinated by Marymount’s Center for Global Education.
For more information
For more information about the internship experience, contact Mr. David Pomeroy, Director of Experiential Learning at (703) 284-5941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.