Frequently Asked Questions About Internships
Access frequently asked questions regarding the internship program below.
Will Purdue Global help me find an internship site?
Yes, but ultimately, each participant is responsible for identifying and obtaining approval for his or her internship site. We will help you identify an internship, and are building business partnerships to provide more opportunities. Purdue Global also may have internal internship opportunities available.
How many hours must I work each week?
Students must complete 10 hours per week for the internship.
Is there coursework involved, i.e., discussions, projects, etc.?
Yes, in addition to your 10 hours "on the job" each week, the following coursework is required:
Journal entries: At the end of each unit, you will reflect on your daily experiences in one Weekly Journal entry. These focus on your weekly internship accomplishments. These replace Discussion Board posts.
LinkedIn profile: We work closely with Career Services to help you market yourself. During this course, you will develop/refine a LinkedIn profile to showcase your qualifications.
Research project: This course has one research project, in which you will identify a process improvement at the internship site and research a set of solutions. For instance, network administration students have researched solutions for disaster recovery and cloud storage for data archives.
Can I get paid for an internship?
This depends on the employer.
When can I qualify? How many credits do I need?
Associate's degree seekers must have 60 credits minimum completed and a GPA of 3.0. Bachelor's degree seekers must have 125 credits minimum completed and a GPA of 3.0. For associate's and bachelor's degree student's, the internship course replaces the capstone course.
Master's degree students can substitute IT 597 and IT 598 for their capstone (IT 599). They must be in their last two terms and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
To qualify for federal financial aid, students will need to take an additional course each term with their internship course (total of 6 credits each term, as the 2-credit courses are considered less than full time).
How do I contact the Internship Department?
You may contact the Internship Department via email at email@example.com.
Can I take an internship for my Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, and Master of Science in Information Technology degrees?
Do I earn a letter grade for the internship?
Is an internship required in my program to graduate?
What is the benefit of completing an internship?
There are many reasons that a student should consider an internship.
A few are listed below:
- Experience the field of IT before you finish your degree, so you know better where to focus
- Hands-on/real-world experience
- Networking and mentoring opportunities
- Ability to work on various tasks and projects
- Professional development opportunities