Academic Internship Courses

Update: Academic Internship Courses

LMU’s first priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff, that being said, CPD will continue to offer the 2100 internship online courses as previously scheduled. See below for additional details.

 

Many fields of study within LMU's schools and colleges include a for-credit internship as part of the academic curriculum. Students should consult their academic advisors to determine what internship course best fits with their academic plans. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in a for-credit internship course through their academic department, school, or college.  Students enrolled in a 0-1 course must complete a minimum of 60 internship hours during the course of the semester in which they are enrolled.

*COVID-19 Advisory & Update*

In the wake of COVID-19 and LMU’s mandate to hold courses remotely through the end of March, all 2100 internship courses will continue online as previously scheduled. As companies respond and implement plans to protect their employees’ health and safety, we are prepared to support student's experiences and completion of their internship courses. 

If anything changes at a company that affects a student's internship, please contact the Course Instructor as soon as possible. The instructor, will develop a course of action for the remainder of the semester.

All students currently participating in an internship, please be sure to follow whatever the company’s policies are for COVID-19, and consult with your supervisor to clarify the expectations. For updates surrounding COVID-19, please visit LMU’s Coronavirus website.

Academic Internship Courses

To learn which internship courses are being offered currently and in the future, please consult the Schedule of Classes updated by the Office of the Registrar.

Registration: Academic internship courses are currently available for registration via PROWL.  CPD follows the university registration deadlines and policies, however will no longer accept new students after the below listed deadlines:            

SemesterDeadline
Fall 2020 September 4th
Spring 2021 January 15th
Summer Session I May 17th
Summer Session II July 2nd

  • Are you seeking an internship opportunity? 

    Check out multiple job boards - like Handshake and LinkedIn, attend the Career Expo and connect with recruiters, as well as reaching out to your alumni and professional networks with your industry interests. Visit the CPD website for additional, industry-specific job boards. Drop-in to meet with a Peer Advisor, or book an appointment today with your career coach to learn more and strategize.

    Do you already have an internship?

    Congratulations! If it is a for-credit internship, enroll in an academic internship course to receive academic credit. If it is a not-for-credit internship, you should register the opportunity in Handshake as a "General Experience" for the semester.

    Are you an international student?

    Be sure to visit OISS to understand the requirement, process and timeline to obtain CPT.  Learn more at https://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/community/officeforinternationalstudentsandscholars/servicesandresources/employmentresources/.

  • Internship structures and roles differ, however, students should seek an internship:

    • which is related to their long-term career goals
    • which develops industry and professional skills
    • which is compliant with Department of Labor Standards
    • which is not located in a home-based business
    • which does not offer 100% of work done virtually with little to no supervision
    • which offers orientation or training prior to the start date and throughout the experience
    • which provides frequent and direct, 1:1 supervision
    • which does not require cold-calling or petition gathering (unless a political or campaign office)
    • which is not supervised by a family member of classmate
    • which does not require student to pay a fee to the company to participate in the experience
    • which is not commission-based or telemarketing
    1. SECURE an internship prior to the start of the semester;
    2. ENROLL in an academic internship course;
      • Speak with your academic advisor to confirm which academic internship course is best for your experience
      • Log in to PROWL to Enroll in a course through your academic program within the university's registration deadline (spring, January 17, 2020).
      • Once enrolled, select the "Schedule & Options" tab, highlight the "Hours" field, and edit to the desired unit (0 or 1). Otherwise, the course defaults to zero-unit.
    3. WAIT for further instruction from your Course Instructor at the beginning of the semester;
    4. REQUEST an Experience form on Handshake
      • Log in to mylmu.edu > Handshake > Career Center > Experiences > Request An Experience
      • Select correct template and term for academic course
      • Approvers
        • Course Instructor: CPD Assistant Director facilitating class instruction

        • Academic Mentor: Designated by college Dean to support students in building (1) academic-based learning objective

        • Internship Supervisor: Full-time staff at internship site who will supervise student throughout the experience, and support students in building 1-2 industry/skill-based learning objectives
    5. SUBMIT an Internship Credit form if employer requires verification of your ability to earn academic credit/enrollment in a course. The Internship Credit form is available on the Registrar's website, where a confirmation of student's enrollment status and course will be issued on university letterhead.
    • Courses offered through CPD - Falll 2020

      NameCRNCourse InstructorAcademic Mentor
      ICLA 2100 - BCLA Internships 44862 Elizabeth Connolly Elizabeth Connolly
      ICBA 2100.01 - CBA Internships 44864 Chris Caughman Chris Caughman
      ICBA 2100.02 - CBA Internships 45128 Gregory James Gregory James
      ICFA 2100 - CFA Internships 44863 Marcy Newman Elaine Walker
      ICSE 2100 - FSCSE Internships 45423 Erica J. Privott Nazmul Ula (engineering majors) and Suzanne Larson (science and math majors)
      IFTV 2100 - SFTV Internships 45424 Elena Muslar Elena Muslar
      ISOE 2100 - SOE Internships 45048 Hannah Bateman Hannah Bateman


      Course Instructor: CPD Assistant Director facilitating class instruction

      Academic Mentor: Designated by college Dean to support students in building (1) academic-based learning objective

      Which academic internship course should I choose, and when should I enroll?

      Consult with your academic advisor. All students have the option of enrolling in a 0-4 unit, credit or no-credit academic internship course, which are offered most semesters. Consult PROWL to find out which courses are being offered and when, and take note of how many units the course offers. Enroll within the university deadlines, listed on the academic calendar.

      0-1 Unit Selection*

      Login to PROWL. Once enrolled in one of the above courses, select the "Schedule & Options" tab, highlight the "Hours" field, and edit to the desired unit (0 or 1). Otherwise, the course defaults to zero-unit. Otherwise, enrollment defaults to zero-unit, and cannot be changed after the university add/drop date.

    • Login to Handshake, select "Career Center" and "Experiences." Choose to "Request An Experience", the "General Experience" template, and complete the form with all information about your internship and supervisor.

      Creating this form adds the experience to your Handshake profile for recruiters and peers to view. Your supervisor will receive an approval email for the experience directly from Handshake.  

    • CMST 3820 Communication Practicum
      HHSC 495/497 Allied Health Internship
      CLAR 4280 Greek Film Festival Internship
      POLS 3800 Political Internship
      IDAP 380 Public Relations Internship
      ECON 3850 Internships in Economics
      FTVA 490 Entertainment Internship
      FTVA 491 Entertainment Career Internship
      FTVA 688 Intern Practicum

      Log in to PROWL to see a full list of academic internship courses, offering 0-4 units.

    • Course Info

      CPD Academic Internship Courses are Credit/No-Credit, online courses, managed through BrightSpace. Students can enroll for 0-1 units, and must select the desired unit during registration directly in PROWL. All students must register for these courses within the university Registrar deadlines.

      A student can only enroll and earn credit for (1) internship, in (1) course at a time, during a single semester. Consult with your academic advisor to select which course is best for your internship and academic program needs.

      It is best to enroll in the college academic internship course where your major/program resides (i.e. biochemistry major will enroll in ICSE 2100 FSCSE Internships). If you are a double-major, consult with your academic advisor to identify which academic internship course is best for the experience.

      Requirements

      Students enrolled in a CPD academic internship course secure an internship before enrolling in a course, complete 60 internship hours before the end of the semester, submit a Handshake Experience form and all assignments outlined in the course syllabus for credit or no-credit. All students must register for these courses within the university Registrar deadlines.

      Credit will be awarded upon completion of all course requirements, including:

      1. Establish a minimum of three (3) learning objectives related to your internship with your supervisor and academic mentor (include these objectives in your Request an Experience form in Handshake)
      2. Attend professional development events to expand your network and industry knowledge
      3. Gain a deeper understanding of the career paths available through informational interview with alumni
      4. Reflect on your internship experience and how it has helped further your career goals

      Units & Assignments

      Assignment0-Unit1-Unit
      Handshake Experience Form X X
      Job/Internship Strategy X X
      Updated Resume X X
      Student Evaluation X X
      Supervisor Evaluation X X
      Reflection Paper X X
      Informational Interview Project   X
      Networking/Professional Development Reflection #1   X
      Networking/Professional Development Reflection #2   X

      NOTE: Student must indicate 0-1 unit preference during course registration. Unit credit is based on student's registration.

    • REMOTE INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES

      As employers explore multiple options to recruit new talent into the workplace, remote internships are a great opportunity for students to gain experience and learn directly from professionals virtually. This experiential education opportunity is set in a location other than a traditional office or professional work environment, and the communication between the employer and their intern takes place via video conferencing, telephone, and email.

      This may be your intern’s first time in a remote work experience, requiring additional support in feeling connected and staying motivated. LMU recommends the following guidelines for employers:

      Defined Learning Goals

      Prior to the internship, students will develop three (3) learning goals, combined of industry-related knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful career advancement. Supervisors will work with the intern throughout the internship to ensure the intern is on track to meet these goals.

      Thorough Onboarding and Orientation

      Orientation on the first day – or week – should consist of: meeting other staff members, learning about the organization, reviewing organization-wide communication standards and workplace expectations (including taking required legal breaks, lunches, and system of tracking hours), and reviewing the student’s defined learning goals. This will provide the intern the chance to ask clarifying questions, as this might be their first professional work environment, and is likely their first remote-based position.

      Communication & Timely Feedback

      Similar to online learning environments, supervisors are encouraged to schedule feedback meetings for a minimum of thirty minutes each week to engage in direct mentorship with the student regarding their progress towards learning outcomes and areas of professional development. This includes an update on expected work activities for the week, outcomes from prior work submissions, and other relevant announcements pertaining to the organization. Communicate all tasks by explaining why the work is important, and how it contributes towards project/department/organization.

      Pre-Arranged Schedules

      Although working remotely allows for flexibility of the work schedule, supervisors and interns should agree upon a set work schedule per week and per day for projects and meetings.

      Organizational Involvement

      Supervisors should make an effort to integrate interns into the organization’s work culture. This could include attendance at team meetings, use of company tools and resources, and any other forms of access to staff members (i.e. shadowing or informational interviews).

      Reimbursement of Expenses

      Students engaged in remote internships should not incur any personal expenses because of the internship’s “remote” status. Any such costs, including the purchase of software and hardware for the purposes of the internship, should be covered by the internship host employer, or alternative arrangements provided to the student prior to starting the internship.

    • LMU Housing requires that students wishing to secure on-campus summer housing be enrolled in a course. Academic internship courses fulfill this requirement, therefore a student must at least be enrolled in an academic internship course to stay in campus housing, with a confirmed internship experience.

    • To learn how to obtain CPT to participate in an internship, be sure to visit OISS for the requirements, process and timeline to apply, secure and enroll within university deadlines.  More information available on the OISS website at https://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/community/officeforinternationalstudentsandscholars/servicesandresources/employmentresources/.

    • Where can I find internship opportunities?

      Handshake, Indeed, LinkedIn, or personal network are just a few ways to identify potential internship opportunities. Plan to attend CPD fall or spring Expo, and networking events to connect with alumni. Drop in to CPD to chat with a Peer Advisor, or book and appointment with a career coach to strategize and apply.

      How do I know if I have a quality internship?

      Internship structures and roles differ, however, students should seek an internship:

      • which is related to their long-term career goals
      • which develops industry and professional skills
      • which is compliant with Department of Labor Standards
      • which is not located in a home-based business
      • which does not offer 100% of work done virtually with little to no supervision
      • which offers orientation or training prior to the start date and throughout the experience
      • which provides frequent and direct, 1:1 supervision
      • which does not require cold-calling or petition gathering (unless a political or campaign office)
      • which is not supervised by a family member of classmate
      • which does not require student to pay a fee to the company to participate in the experience
      • which is not commission-based or telemarketing

      Do I need to earn academic credit in order to do an internship?

      No. Some employers require a student's enrollment in an internship course in order to hire as an intern. However, this is not a legal or LMU requirement.

      If I do not have an internship, can I enroll in an academic internship course?

      It is encouraged that the internship is secured before enrolling in an academic internship course, as the experience should be concurrent with the course, and assignments begin the first week of school. Begin the internship search in the previous semester, to avoid running against the university's registration deadlines. Drop in to CPD to speak with a Peer Advisor or book an appointment with a career coach for internship search resources.

      How do I register for an academic internship course?

      All course registrations are done via PROWL, and should be completed within the university registration deadline.

      If the registration deadline to add a course has passed, a Late Add Petition must be completed to add the course, which is available on the Registrar's website.  Students must fully complete the form, with a detailed explanation for late enrollment.  Completing a Late Add Petition form does not guarantee enrollment, and is subject to review and approval.

      Which academic internship course should I choose, and when should I enroll?

      Consult with your academic advisor. All students have the option of enrolling in a 0-4 unit, credit or no-credit academic internship course, which are offered most semesters. Consult PROWL to find out which courses are being offered and when, and take note of how many units the course offers. Enroll within the university deadlines, listed on the academic calendar.

      I am an international student, what do I need to do to participate in an internship?

      All international students first step is to speak with OISS to understand and review the guidelines, process and timeline to obtain CPT.  Securing an internship before the semester is imperative, to ensure CPT application and course enrollment meet all university deadlines.  Visit OISS's website to learn more.

      What happened to the LIBA internship courses in CPD?

      The CPD-led LIBA internship courses ended summer 2019, and were replaced with academic internship courses within each college at LMU. The new academic internship courses are available in PROWL, offering 0-1 units for credit/no-credit:

      COURSE NO.COURSE NAME
      ICBA 2100 CBA Internships
      ICFA 2100 CFA Internships
      ICLA 2100 BCLA Internships
      ICSE 2100 FSCSE Internships
      IFTV 2100 SFTV Internships
      ISOE 2100 SOE Internships

      How do I select one (1) unit for a 0-1 unit course?

      Login to PROWL. While in registration mode, enroll into the course of your choosing. Once enrolled, select the "Schedule & Options" tab, highlight the "Hours" field, and edit to the desired unit (0 or 1).

      What if I need more than one unit?

      Consult with your academic advisor to identify the best solution or course to satisfy your academic requirements.

      Can I enroll in more than one academic internship course at a time?

      No. You can only enroll and earn credit for (1) internship, in (1) course at a time, during a single semester. Consult with your academic advisor to select which course is best for your internship and academic program needs.

      Can I complete two internships to meet the 60 hour minimum?

      Yes, you can hold two internships at the same time to reach the 60 hour minimum, however, you can only receive credit for one (1) of the courses.

      Does the CPD academic internship course meet weekly? And will I receive a grade?

      No. The CPD academic courses are virtual, with all assignments managed in the BrightSpace course and via Handshake. Students will receive credit or no-credit for completing all assignments during the semester.

      How will I know if I completed all requirements for a CPD academic internship course?

      Students enrolled in a CPD academic internship course must complete 60 internship hours, a Handshake Experience form and all assignments outlined in the course syllabus for credit or no-credit.

      If my internship is outside of my major, can I enroll in a different colleges academic internship course?

      It is best to enroll in the college academic internship course where your major/program resides (i.e. biochemistry major will enroll in ICSE 2100 FSCSE Internships). If you are a double-major, consult with your academic advisor to identify which academic internship course is best for the experience.

      My internship supervisor wants proof that I am enrolled in an academic internship course. How can I provide this?

      To provide an internship supervisor with proof of course enrollment, fill out the Internship Credit Confirmation Form.

      How can I expect to be compensated for my internship?

      Compensation for internships is at the discretion of the employer, but generally internships are unpaid-for-academic-credit, paid via an hourly wage, or paid via a stipend. Unpaid and stipend-paid internships must meet the Department of Labor Guidelines for unpaid internships.

    Questions?

    Please contact Erica J. Privott in the office of Career and Professional Development via email or by phone at 310.338.2871.