Internship FAQs

1. My internship site requires a background check. How long will that take?

It depends on the site.  A background check from the Department of Corrections (DOC) can take up to 60 days.  However, most sites that require background checks and/or fingerprints will not be able to sign your Internship Agreement Form until the background/fingerprint check returns.

2. Why do I have to interview for an internship?

Most agencies will want to make sure you are a good fit for their organization and that you have a passion for working with their targeted population.  Before the interview, look at the agency’s website and learn as much about the organization as possible. Remember, you only have one time to make a good impression. Treat this interview like a job interview.  You should wear business professional clothing, be on time and bring extra copies of your resume. Also, ask them if there is anything else they would like for you to bring to the interview. Some agencies will ask you to bring in addition to a government issued ID, your social security card as well. They may need these documents to submit for DOC/Parole clearance and background checks.

3. Do I have to pay for my fingerprints and background check?

During the interview make sure you ask if payment is required.

4. When can I start my internship?

Students cannot start their internship until they have received permission to register for the class. Students who have registered for Summer 2017 can start their internship beginning May 1, 2017.  Students registered to take the course in  Fall 2017 can start their internship September 1, 2017. 

5. My internship wants me to complete training before I can start my internship. Can I get credit for the training?

Yes, you can get credit toward internship hours for training time that occurs during the semester in which you are enrolled in the internship.

6. Do I get credit for attending staff meetings?

Yes, staff meetings, trainings, workshops, time spent traveling between locations, and anything related to your job duties as an intern can be counted towards your intern hours.

7. What happens if I cannot complete my internship hours?

If you cannot successfully complete your internship/field hours for any reason, you will not receive a passing grade for the course.  This  includes students who are terminated from their sites due to unprofessional behavior (i.e. using cell phones, arrival late, leaving early, dressed inappropriately, violation of agency’s policies, etc.)

8. How often will I have to attend class for this course?

Students will meet with their professor twice monthly - once as a group and once one-on-one.

10. How do I obtain an Internship Agreement Form?

To obtain an Internship Agreement Form, students must attend a Pre-Internship Seminar with the Internship Coordinator. 

11. How do I find an internship?

The Internship Coordinator will assist you in finding a site, but you, as the student, are ultimately responsible for securing a placement.