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The Center for Career Services offers internships for both degree-seeking and visiting students.
Our internships are offered on the basis of merit and compatibility with the host organization (they evaluate resumes, select candidates to interview and ultimately choose). Internships are highly competitive; we do our best to assist students, though we do not guarantee the student that he/she will obtain an internship.
A word of warning regarding internships at international organizations like FAO, WFP, IFAD, IDLO and the US Embassy: students who have American citizenship must apply directly through the websites of the organization or of the Department of State, many months in advance. Students should then notifying us after having applied following the appropriate procedure, so we can then contact the HR representative to inform the organization that the candidate is a JCU student. On the other hand, if a student has EU or dual nationality, he/she may apply directly through us.
We remind graduates that they are no longer eligible to apply for an internship within 12 months from the date of graduation, according to Italian laws and regulations. For this reason, we encourage graduates in submitting their application for employment opportunities.
Each employer will have his/her specific requirements for potential candidates, but to be eligible to apply for an internship through JCU Career Services students should have at least sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 2.7.
Those who would like to complete an internship for credit must have at least junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
It is understood that if students are enrolled in regular courses the internship would be part-time, meaning on average 120-150 hours in total, to be distributed over the semester in agreement with the organization.
Generally, interns work between 15 and 20 hours per week.
Summer internships are a little more elastic given the time-frame involved, but the details are agreed with the host organization.
To undertake a for-credit internship, students must first obtain an internship through JCU’s Center for Career Services, have Junior Standing, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Once the internship is obtained, students should follow the following steps:
Step 1: Notify the CSC that they wish to enroll in the for-credit internship class. CSC will verify they meet the criteria and communicate this to the Office of the Registrar.
Step 2: Students may then register on-line for the for-credit internship class in their respective field of study (e.g., AH 398 Art History Internship; BUS 398 Business Internship, etc.).
For Credit Internship course requirements include:
- 10 hours of in-class instruction;
- 120 minimum number of hours worked that is verified by the CSC upon completion of the internship;
- a daily internship log;
- in-depth interview with the internship sponsor or organization;
- a 2500 to 3500 words “White Paper” presenting a position or solution to a problem encountered by their employer.
The for-credit internship course is graded on a “pass/no pass” basis. The course will begin the 4th week of each semester. Students will determine with the Registrar’s Office which semester corresponds most closely with the timing of their internship. Students may reference the syllabus for complete details.
You must register for a for-credit internship/class no later than last day of the drop/add period.
THE APPLICATION FORM FOR THE FOR CREDIT INTERNSHIP IS HERE. YOU MAY ALSO FIND IT ON MY JCU.
Degree-seeking students: only one three-credit Internship course may be used towards your 120 credit graduation requirement. The internship course may be used as a major elective. Check your major’s requirements.
Visiting students: check with your home university regarding transfer credits.
If you have questions about the For-Credit Internship, please refer to the Center for Career Services: [email protected].
How to Apply for an Internship
Our internship catalogue can be accessed via the JCU Intranet. Internship and job opportunities are also posted on the bulletin boards in both of the JCU campuses and through our Facebook application Work for Us (JCU credentials needed to access the webpage).
Once the student has chosen the internship he/she would like to apply for, he/she should send an email the Center for Career Services ([email protected]) with a cover letter and resume/CV attached.