How do I know if I am eligible to participate?
Check the internships page to see if an internship is offered within your program. Discuss this early on with your faculty advisor.
When should I get started?
Check with your faculty advisor and the college catalog program outline to see if you meet the course prerequisites and what will work best for your schedule. Plan to attend an Internship Orientation the prior semester, generally offered a few weeks prior to the Internship Application due date: the first Monday in July for Fall, November for Spring, and April for Summer semesters. Register for an Internship Orientation in CONNECT under the Career Events tab.
Are internships paid? What if I’m already working in a job related to my major?
Most internships are not paid, although some generous employers do compensate if they can. If a student finds or currently has a job within their field you might be able to count this as your internship if there are challenging opportunities for you to learn and practice the knowledge and skills you learned in the classroom.
Where will I do my internship? How are worksites chosen?
As a part of your Internship Application, one of your assignments is to compile a Site List of 4 potential internship sites. During the Internship Orientation, you will be provided with resources for this assignment. Potential sites will be discussed at your appointment the Career Development Coordinator. All internship sites undergo an approval process to help insure that you will receive training and have the opportunity to learn and put your knowledge and skills to work.
When can I actually start at my internship site?
As an FVCC college course, start and end dates for the internship follow the same semester begin and end dates as other classes. Hopefully, through the early application process, you will have a signed Internship Agreement in place with an agreed upon start date, usually the first week of the semester.
How many hours will I spend at a worksite? How many hours is that per week?
In most majors, you will need to complete 150 hours for your internship. Since a semester is 15 weeks long, you will need to complete a minimum of 10 hrs. per week. Twelve to fifteen hours a week is recommended in case of scheduling conflicts and to allow for early completion so you have the time to devote to other class finals.
What assignments will I have to do? Do I receive a grade?
Assignments vary depending upon the instructor. Most faculty will monitor your learning through a weekly activity log or blog, learning objectives assignment, conduct a mid-term site visit, and ask that your internship provider submits a mid-term and final evaluation. You will need to track your hours through a Monthly Time Sheet. Most likely, you will submit assignments via Eagle online. You will receive a grade for the course. Be sure to be aware of the guidelines for a change of internship worksites or grounds for removal.
Do I have to pay tuition to do an internship?
At FVCC, internships are courses that you pay tuition and register for, the same as any other class. If an internship is listed in the catalog as being optional or required for your program, this may be covered under financial aid if you are receiving a Pell Grant. There are some employers who do offer internships that are not associated with the college.