Slippery Rock University offers a diverse program of internships through which students may earn from 1 to 12 credits. A minimum of 40 hours of work is required for each credit earned. In some cases an internship or other field experience is required for a major. Internships provide students with an opportunity to apply their academic preparation in a variety of professional or occupational settings. Through an internship, students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and to enhance their learning of the theories of academic disciplines and programs of study through appropriate career-related experiences and to provide them with the knowledge and experience necessary for obtaining certification or licensing. Students may enroll in semester, academic year, or summer/winter internships with governmental agencies, private firms, or non-profit organizations both in the United States and abroad.
Students must have a minimum quality point average of 2.0 in their major (or program where applicable), and at least a 2.0 for all coursework, including the semester previous to placement in an internship. Some majors require a GPA higher than 2.0. The agency, academic department or program may specify higher standards and/or other academic requirements. Acceptance into the internship program must occur prior to registration for the course. Registration in the course, however, does not guarantee placement in the field. Agency supervisors’ evaluations are a requirement for completion of the internship and may be a factor in determining the final grade. Students must be at least a junior in good standing at the time they begin the internship.
Interested students should check with their major department for internship information in their fields. Students are permitted to earn no more than 12 credits in any one internship and a total of 15 credits for all internships taken.