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FAQs for Semester Internships

  • When do students complete their semester-long internship?

    Students may complete the semester-long internship in the spring term of their third year or the fall term of their fourth year at Endicott. Students who want to do the internship in their third year should speak to their internship coordinators as soon as possible.

  • What is the role of the internship coordinator?

    Internship coordinators work with students who are planning internships. They provide resources and training in researching and locating appropriate internship sites, and are also responsible for all administrative aspects of Endicott's internship programs.

  • Are students paid for internships?

    Endicott values the learning experience of internships and therefore does not require interns to be paid. The primary purpose of the internship, which is a required part of the academic curriculum, is to provide a learning experience of substance in a professional setting. Compensation is a matter left entirely to the supervisor and the intern.

  • When does the semester-long internship start and end?

    The start and end dates correspond with the start and end dates for classes in a given semester. Please refer to the Academic Calendar. Students may begin working before the start date or continue working after the end date; however, this time is not counted as a part of the internship experience unless extra hours are necessary to meet the minimum time requirement. Students are expected to act professionally by honoring all time commitments they make to their supervisors, regardless of whether this time is during the official internship period.


  • How many days a week do students have to work?

    Students are required to work four days a week. In some cases, particularly with co-ops, students may work five days per week.

  • What requirements do students have other than the practical work experience?

    Students are required to attend a one-day weekly seminar on campus. Students are at the College all day when they are attending the seminars. Students who are approved for distance semester internships take the seminar course online. Faculty leading the seminars assign academic coursework to be completed by the student throughout the semester.

  • How many credits does a student receive for this internship?

    Students earn a total of 12 credits for the successful completion of both the work portion and the seminar portion of the internship.

  • What is the purpose of the Learning Agreement?

    The Learning Agreement is used as a tool to help the student articulate objectives and goals as well as a way for the student and site supervisor to outline the student's internship responsibilities. The agreement should be signed by the student, the site supervisor, and the faculty supervisor. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss the Learning Agreement with their site and faculty supervisors. The student should submit a final copy of the Learning Agreement to the faculty supervisor early in the semester (with the understanding that it may be amended at a future date if necessary).

  • What is the Semester Internship Seminar?

    This course is designed to integrate the practical experience with the student's academic experiences. Three primary goals are: 1) to help students conceptualize the relationship of their studies to their internship experiences and chosen professional fields, 2) to help students understand the organizational structures of their sites and their roles within those structures, and 3) to monitor student progress by providing a place for students to discuss their internship experiences as well as develop communication techniques and strategies for dealing with positive and difficult situations.

    The Semester Internship Seminar is led by a member of the faculty experienced in the students' academic majors as well as the types of industries or organizations where students are working. During the course of the seminar, students are required to do or participate in activities such as group discussions, papers, readings related to their chosen internship/career field, and critical incident journals.

  • Why does the College charge full-semester day tuition during internships?

    The senior internship is a fundamental component of the program of study at Endicott College and is the reason that most students select Endicott over other colleges. The faculty-supervised internship experience provides the integration of theoretical learning in the classroom with real world application in the workplace. The full-semester internship is essential to the senior academic experience, which includes career preparation and a culminating thesis or capstone project. The internship, if successfully completed, carries 12 credit hours that are required to complete graduation requirements. Because this is a faculty-supervised internship, which includes site visits and regular class assignments, as opposed to non-credit bearing experiences as offered at some institutions, the College charges normal semester tuition charges.

FAQs for Short-term Internships (INT100/200)

  • When do students complete their short-term internships?

    Most students complete their short-term internships in the summers following the freshman and sophomore years. It may also be possible to complete the internships over winter break.

  • Do students do their internships at home or close to Endicott?

    Although most students choose to complete their internships close to home, since they typically take place in the summer, or over winter break, students may stay on campus during either of these periods to complete their internships. There is a fee to stay on campus during the summer, but there is no cost during winter break.

  • How long are the internships?

    The short-term internships require a minimum of 120 hours.

  • How do students find their internships?

    Students are enrolled in pre-internship courses (INT010 in the first year and INT020 in the second year), led by internship faculty. In those classes, students learn how to conduct a search, including crafting a professional resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. In addition, students learn about the resources available to them, including a searchable database of past internship sites, and an online internship/job board exclusively for our students. Many students use their personal networks in the search process as well. Additionally, the staff of the Internship & Career Center are here to support and assist students in their search for internships.

  • What is the role of the internship faculty?

    Internship faculty are our students’ main point of contact throughout the internship sequence. They teach the pre-internship courses in the first and second years, advise students on resources, vet potential sites and guide students through applying for and completing internships.

  • Are students paid for internships?

    Endicott values the learning experience of internships and therefore does not require interns to be paid. The primary purpose of the internship, which is a required part of the academic curriculum, is to provide a learning experience of substance in a professional setting. Compensation is a matter left entirely to the supervisor and the intern.

  • What requirements do students have other than the practical work experience?

    Students are enrolled in courses during their internships (INT100 for the first short-term internship and INT200 for the second short-term internship). During the internship, there will be assignments, including creating a learning agreement with the internship site supervisor, an evaluation of the student by the site supervisor, and a reflective essay about the internship at the conclusion of the experience.

  • How many credits does a student receive for the short-term internships?

    Students earn 2 credits for the successful completion of each experience, combined with the course work in the pre-internship courses (INT010 and INT020) and the courses taken during the internships (INT100 and INT200).

  • What is the purpose of the Learning Agreement?

    The Learning Agreement is used as a tool to help the student articulate objectives and goals as well as a way for the student and site supervisor to outline the student's internship responsibilities. The agreement should be signed by the student and the site supervisor. The student should submit a final copy of the Learning Agreement to their internship faculty (with the understanding that it may be amended at a future date if necessary).

FAQs for Site Supervisors

  • What are the College's expectations of a site supervisor?

    To help ensure a successful experience for the intern and for the site, a site supervisor is asked to:

    1. Assist the intern with formulating learning objectives and goals. Agree on the intern's learning goals as well as the resources and work responsibilities that will facilitate these goals.
    2. Orient the intern to the company's work environment and culture. What are the common expectations for professional behavior, such as arrival and departure times for work, dress, personal phone calls, time off for appointments, etc.? Help the intern to feel comfortable at work. Introduce the intern to other employees, invite the intern to eat lunch with you and your colleagues, make sure that the intern has all needed resources such as a desk, a phone, and a computer.
    3. Provide a structured work experience. Give the intern specific tasks and timelines with explicit performance criteria. Schedule a weekly "check in" meeting to discuss the intern's progress on assigned work and projects.
    4. Communicate to the faculty supervisor as soon as possible if any problems arise that you are unable to resolve with the intern.
    5.  Take on a mentoring role with your intern. Be there to answer questions and provide guidance and feedback when needed. Help the intern understand the specifics of your department, the company/organization, and the professional industry or field.
    6. Provide a workspace for the intern, appropriate to the intern's position.
  • Who can site supervisors contact at Endicott if they need to discuss an issue regarding an intern?

    The person to contact during the course of the internship is the faculty supervisor. (The internship coordinator can provide that name and contact information, if the site supervisor does not know the intern's faculty supervisor.) This person is a faculty member (who teaches the Internship Seminar class) and works closely with the intern and site supervisor to ensure a successful experience for all involved. Internship site supervisors of the short experiences (INT100 and 200) should reach out directly to the internship faculty.

  • Should site supervisors expect any contact or site visits from an Endicott faculty member while hosting an Endicott intern?

    The faculty supervisor would like to have the opportunity to meet with each student and his or her supervisor at the internship site. Site supervisors will receive a phone call and/or a visit from an internship coordinator if they are new to hosting Endicott interns. Within the first two weeks of the semester, they will also receive an introductory phone call from the faculty supervisor for their intern. A formal site visit will be made by the faculty supervisor during the internship period. Additional contacts will be made if necessary. The Internship Office also hosts an annual forum for site supervisors who have hosted semester-long interns.

  • What is the student evaluation process?

    A Supervisor Evaluation form will be emailed to all site supervisors toward the end of the internship. This evaluation plays an important role in the final grade of the student. Supervisors are asked to share evaluation feedback with the intern. Students are required to complete evaluations of their internship experiences and sites as well.