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WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers states that 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.”

The University of Central Oklahoma defines an undergraduate on-campus internship as a student working with the administrative staff or faculty of a department, school, and college or campus office to gather, organize, and analyze information. These duties should be relevant to both the academic program and the professional goals of the student. The student should be given the opportunity to use his/her academic training while learning new professional skills and broadening his or her perspective of the operation of the unit to which he or she is assigned.

HOW DOES INTERN UCO DIFFER FROM NORMAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT?

The internships offered through Intern UCO will differ significantly from most student employee positions on campus. Intern UCO is designed to provide students with professional knowledge and skill development consistent with a student’s major and career goals and ultimately provide a transformative learning experience relating back to the Central Six tenets.

CAN THE INTERN ENROLL IN AN INTERNSHIP CLASS?

Students selected as an intern through Intern UCO are not required to enroll in their department's XXX 4900 internship course. If they want, they may enroll in this course after discussion with their advisor and intern supervisor, but will be responsible for tuition and any additional requirements for that course.

WHAT IS INTERN UCO?

Intern UCO is an on-campus work program that provides the entire campus community the opportunity to engage and collaborate through a structured internship program. Intern UCO takes education beyond the classroom and engages students in a rich learning experience.

WHERE IS INTERN UCO?

Intern UCO is conveniently located on-campus. Positions may be hosted by any full-time UCO administrative staff or faculty of a department, school, college or campus office.

HOW DOES A DEPARTMENT APPLY FOR AN INTERN UCO INTERNSHIP?

In order to secure funding for an internship paid for by Intern UCO, departments must apply for funding and receive position approval through the online application.  Departments can submit an internship request online through UCO Career Services website (careers.uco.edu).

 WHO CAN REQUEST AN INTERNSHIP?

Supervisors/mentors should be a full-time University faculty/staff member with relevant experience supervising undergraduates and willing to commit their time to the internship experience.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY DEPARTMENT REQUEST HAS BEEN CHOSEN?

The Intern UCO Advisory Board will contact the supervisor/mentor with a decision regarding his or her application for funding.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’VE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE AN INTERN?

The internship supervisor will review applicants and setup interviews with top candidates. After the interview/selection process, offers will be made by April 29th. Selected students must then accept the terms of the internship.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN INTERN?

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular degree-seeking student at UCO; must have Sophomore, Junior, Senior standing in any field and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 undergraduate credit hours at UCO for the duration of the award. Interns must work 10 hours per week for 16 weeks each semester, maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA, participate in an August retreat, attend monthly cohort meetings and individual meetings with his or her supervisor, complete mid- and end-year evaluations, and upload internship experience artifacts to their student transformative learning record (STLR).

HOW LONG DO INTERN UCO INTERNSHIPS LAST?

Intern positions are appointed for one academic year (August−May).

 HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Contact Career Services at (405) 974-3346  or in NUC 338.

HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY FOR INTERN UCO?

Students view Intern UCO positions through HireBronchos, the Career Services online job posting system through UCONNECT, and view and apply for them through jobs.uco.edu.

Top candidates will then interview for Intern UCO positions with the departmental intern supervisor.

 WHAT IS THE COMPENSATION FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

Interns will be compensated at $10 per hour during their internship as well as for their participation in the orientation and all Intern UCO monthly professional development meetings.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE INTERNSHIP?

Interns will be expected to work 10 hours per week for 16 weeks per semester, which includes 2-hour mandatory monthly professional development meetings and an 8-hour summer orientation. Exact work hours will be determined in consultation with the department supervisor.


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