Internship Program - Information for Employers

Many Nichols students take advantage of internship opportunities to enhance their educational experience. Nichols College strongly believes in the cooperative learning experience where students apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to an internship position. This philosophy has prompted the College to develop an internship program that allows our students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience.

What is an internship?

An internship is defined as a supervised work/learning experience that exposes a student to professional responsibilities in a career field of interest. Internships are further defined by the acknowledgement that the student intern is the primary beneficiary of the relationship and that the supervision provided by the sponsoring organization offers both structure and evaluation to the student intern.

Timeframe

Internships occur at any time during the academic year or summer months. Career Services will advertise internship opportunities to our student body throughout the year. The majority of students typically seek opportunities based on an academic calendar: fall semester, spring semester and summer break. Specific internship hours are negotiated between the student intern and the sponsoring organization.

Compensation

It is the decision of the organization to offer compensation for an internship. Although not all internships offer compensation, those that do are highly attractive to students, especially during the summer months.

Nichols College offers Academic Internships for college credit and General/ Experiential Internships that are not for credit; both of which can be paid or unpaid.

Experiential Internship

Students must fulfill a 60-hour placement requirement for the internship to be recognized by the college. Students applying for an experiential internship must have completed at least 30 credit hours of classroom instruction before placement is approved, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Academic Internship

Students must fulfill a 120-hour requirement in order for the internship to be recognized by the college. Students applying for an academic internship must have completed at least 60 credit hours of classroom instruction and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students are also required to enlist a faculty sponsor that will be responsible for the academic component of the internship.

Please contact Lori Smith, Associate Director of Career Services & Internship Placement Coordinator at 508.213.2389 or lori.smith@nichols.edu for more information on the internship placement process or visit Road to Success to post internships with your company!