The Career Involvement Program (or internship) enables a student to integrate on-campus academic study with off-campus work experience.
Internships allow students an opportunity to gain practical experience through on-the-job challenges and opportunities by blending knowledge gained from academic studies with real-world applications.
Brittni Sayers participated in a therapy program internship at Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla.
Kendra Clark worked with kids with autism and adults with disabilities using hippotherapy during her internship at Midnight Farms.
Nick Williams got hands-on TV broadcasting experience during his internship with NBC affiliate 41 Action News.
Students in the Baker Organization Observation for Knowledge (BOOK) program research the organizations where they serve as interns and then present their experience before judges who award a cash prize. Read More
During his internship with the Kansas City T-Bones, Ryan Lasneske learned the ins and outs of marketing and operations for a professional baseball team.
Julian Mills (with Purdue coach Matt Painter) helped coaches with video coordinating during his internship with USA Basketball.
What Are the Benefits of an Internship?
There are several things you’ll need to complete to make your internship a successful one. The following is a checklist of the activities you’ll need to complete in order to be prepared to do an internship:
1. Enroll for an internship during the appropriate enrollment period with the Office of the Registrar.
2. Visit with the Career Services to do the following:
3. Visit with faculty internship sponsor to do the following:
4. Visit with potential employers to do the following:
After Completing Sections 1 – 4
After all others have approved your Career Involvement Agreement, return the agreement to Career Services for review. The agreement will then be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for final review of proper enrollment. This agreement becomes part of the student's permanent academic record.
The internship experience should be related to the student’s academic area and cannot be a work position that he or she has previously held. Students are not allowed to participate in an internship with a relative acting as his or her supervisor. To be eligible for the Internship, a student must be at least a sophomore (completed 30 credit hours or more).
NOTE: All internships are taken on a pass/no credit basis – not for a letter grade.
An internship may be taken during the summer, fall or spring semesters, or Interterm. Variable credit is given during the summer and regular semesters, with the standard being 1 academic credit for 40 working contact hours. Students completing an internship during Interterm earn 3 credit hours by working approximately 40 contact hours per week to complete a minimum of 120 working hours. Students may gain up to 6 credits, plus two Interterms of 3 credits each, during their undergraduate years at Baker.
The faculty sponsor and the student will determine the number of credit hours after a design of the academic project is complete.
Before submitting to Career Services, a Career Involvement Agreement must be completed and signed by the following: