Frequently Asked Questions (Internships – Faculty)

1. What is an internship?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE).

2. What types of internships are there?

  • Credit/Non-Credit – One option to explore is whether the student can receive academic credit for their internship experience. The student is responsible for contacting their academic department/advisor to determine whether the internship is eligible for credit. The requirements vary according to their department, so make sure they gather this information before they accept an opportunity.
  • Paid/Unpaid – Each internship experience is unique and many times the choice to pay or not to pay is determined by industry, company size and other factors. Some organizations will offer to pay a salary as well as airfare and/or housing while others will provide a “one-time” stipend at the end of the experience. Keep in mind that paid interns make ideal workers who are hungry to learn, eager to make a good impression and willing to perform a multitude of tasks. The relatively small amount of money employers spend on intern wages and benefits is a good investment because it often produces future, long-term employees.
  • Full-time/Part-time – There are a variety of internship options available to students, allowing them to cater their experience to their own schedule. Part-time internships typically require students to be present between 15-25 hours a week. Part-time internships tend to be advantageous for students who are already working a part-time job, or are enrolled as full-time students. Employers understand that student interns have busy and non-traditional schedules, so they are very flexible in terms of making adjustments to internship schedules during the week of mid-terms, finals or vacations/holidays.

3. What is the average length of an internship?
Typically, the length of an internship is one semester. However, the length of an internship can vary based on employer needs, whether the internship is being offered on a for-credit or not-for-credit basis, and/or the discipline.

4. What are the benefits to having your students intern?

  • Internships often serve as a year-round recruiting tool for employers.
  • Interns can apply their academic learning to practical real-world projects and assignments.
  • Interns will have a chance to utilize their fresh ideas and perspectives.
  • Through interning, students will gain a great resume boost and an opportunity to network.
  • Internships offer students an opportunity to test the waters in their chosen field and open the door to a possible job offer.

5. Who do I refer employers and students for internship programming?

  • Please refer employers to Ms. Martha Rosa, Assistant Director of Internships, Employer Relations, at mrosa@fiu.edu or 305-348-3420.
  • Please refer students to Mr. Matt Tanner, Assistant Director of Internships, Career Development and Management, at mrtanner@fiu.edu or 305-348-6725.