Internship and Cooperative Education Programs

The University of Puget Sound offers students the opportunity to undertake an internship in order to:

  1. Apply cognitive learning in an off-campus work-related organizational setting.
  2. Extend knowledge acquired elsewhere in the curriculum.
  3. Reflect upon work experience within an academic context.

Eligibility
The eligibility of a student to undertake an internship will be determined by the Office of Career and Employment Services using the following criteria:

  1. Junior or senior class standing.
  2. Cumulative university grade point average of at least 2.50.
  3. A major or minor in a department, school, or program; or other academic preparation appropriate for the internship placement.
  4. Recommendation of the academic advisor.
  5. Approval from the chair or director of the department, school, or program for which the student will receive credit (if a faculty-sponsored internship).

Requirements
The requirements of the internship will be specified in the Internship Learning Agreement composed of an Academic Syllabus and a Job Description. The Learning Agreement must be completed; signed by the intern, the supervising instructor, the department chair or program director (for a faculty-sponsored internship), and the work supervisor; and submitted to the Office of Career and Employment Services before the end of the add period during the term in question. The student may then be registered.

The Academic Syllabus* should be comparable to the syllabus of any upper-division course in the curriculum and should include:

  1. A list of the academic topics or questions to be addressed.
  2. The learning objectives to be achieved.
  3. The reading and/or research requirements relevant to the topics and learning objectives.
  4. The assignments or progress reports (plus the dates they are due to the instructor) to be completed during the internship.
  5. The final project, paper, report, or thesis to be completed at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. A regular schedule of days and meeting times of at least 35 hours for the internship seminar. Or, a comparable schedule of at least 35 hours for consultation with the instructor and independent research in a faculty-sponsored internship. In either case, students should regularly review their progress toward their learning objectives and should discuss how they are applying their previous courses and experiences to the internship.
  7. The date during the final examination period (or the date by the last day of the summer session) for the student to submit the self-assessment to the instructor unless arrangements have been made to extend the internship with an in-progress grade beyond the normal end of the term.
  8. The instructor’s grading criteria.

*A student in an internship seminar will also have a seminar syllabus from the seminar instructor. The student should not duplicate the seminar syllabus in the Learning Agreement Academic Syllabus but must address those items specific to the student’s particular internship.

Job Description
The job description will include:

  1. A list of the specific job responsibilities and tasks relevant to the intern’s academic learning objectives.
  2. A list of the specific job responsibilities and tasks relevant to the student’s employment expectations although not directly related to the academic learning objectives.
  3. An employment schedule of at least 120 hours.
  4. The criteria used by the supervisor to evaluate the intern’s job performance.
  5. The date by which the supervisor is to send the student’s performance appraisal to the Office of Career and Employment Services.

Grading
An internship is intended to be a graded course (although a student may select pass/fail grading). However, the instructor of a faculty-sponsored internship may determine that, due to the nature of the experience and the job assignments, pass/fail grading is appropriate.

A student’s performance in an internship will be assessed by the student’s achievement on the academic requirements, as assigned and graded by the University faculty member, and on the completion of work responsibilities, as evaluated by the supervisor at the organization hosting the internship. Additionally, the student may be required to complete a self-assessment reviewing the learning objectives, how they were achieved, and how that achievement was demonstrated.

Designation

  1. The internship seminar will be designated as INTN 497.
  2. The department-offered internship will be designated with the department abbreviation and the course number 497. (For example, the Writing Internship offered by the English Department is designated as ENGL 497.)
  3. The internship sponsored by an individual member of the faculty will be designated with the department abbreviation of the faculty member and the course number 498.

Credit
Credit for an internship is not applicable to the Upper-Division Graduation Requirement and only 1.00 unit may be assigned to an individual internship and no more than 2.00 units of internship, or the combination of internships with co-ops, may be applied to a bachelor’s degree.

Co-0perative Education Program
The University of Puget Sound offers students the opportunity to undertake a co-operative education experience so students, through full or part-time employment, may:

  1. Gain pre-professional experience through academically related off-campus employment.
  2. Gain relevant experience to provide context for later academic studies.
  3. Extend theoretical knowledge to practical application.
  4. Achieve work-related and academic goals in preparation for employment.

Eligibility
The eligibility of a student to undertake a co-op will be determined by the Office of Career and Employment Services using the following criteria:

  1. Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing.
  2. Cumulative university grade point average of at least 2.50.
  3. A declared major, minor, or interdisciplinary emphasis in a department, school, or program appropriate for the co-op placement.
  4. Recommendation of the academic advisor.
  5. Approval from the chair or director of the department, school, or program for which the student will receive credit.
  6. Total enrollment in co-ops is limited to 20 students per term.

Requirements
The requirements of the co-op will be specified in the Co-operative Education Learning Agreement composed of a Job Description and Learning Objectives. The Learning Agreement must be completed; signed by the student, the supervising instructor, the department chair or program director, and the work supervisor; and submitted to the Office of Career and Employment Services before the end of the add period during the term in question. The student may then be registered.

The Job Description will include:

  1. A list of the specific job responsibilities and tasks assigned to the student.
  2. The criteria used by the employment supervisor to evaluate the student’s job performance.
  3. The student’s work schedule with start and end dates plus an outline of hours to be worked each day of the week.
  4. The day and time during the week that the student will meet with the supervisor to review job performance and progress toward the Learning Objectives.
  5. The date by which the supervisor is to send the student’s performance appraisal to the Office of Career and Employment Services.

The Learning Objectives should reflect the student’s academic and professional interests and must specify how the student intends to achieve a pertinent experience by including:

  1. Specific intended objectives for undertaking the co-op.
  2. A description of how each responsibility or task assigned by the employment supervisor can be made relevant to the intended objectives.
  3. A schedule of days and times for meeting with the instructor to review the student’s assessment of personal job performance and progress toward the Learning Objectives.
  4. The date during the final examination period (or the date by the last day of the summer session) for the student to submit the self-assessment to the instructor unless arrangements have been made to extend the co-op with an in-progress grade beyond the normal end of the term.
  5. Any specific objective that may be assigned by the instructor.

Grading

A student’s performance in a co-op will be graded pass/fail by the instructor using the employment supervisor’s appraisal of the student’s completion of job responsibilities (forwarded by the Office of Career and Employment Services); the student’s self-assessment regarding the completion of learning objectives, how they were achieved, and how that achievement was demonstrated; and by any additional criteria the instructor assigned in the Learning Agreement.

Designation
The co-operative education experience will be designated on the transcript with the course department, number, and title of: COOP 499 CO-OP EXPERIENCE.

Credit
Activity credit will be granted for a co-op based on employment hours:

  1. .25 unit and less-than-half-time enrollment status for at least 120 hours.
  2. .50 unit and half-time enrollment status for at least 240 hours.
  3. 1.00 unit and full-time enrollment status for at least 480 hours.

This credit is not applicable to the Upper-Division Graduation Requirement. As activity credit, a co-op is included in the limit of 2.00 units of activity credit that may be applied to a bachelor’s degree. Apart from the activity unit limit, no more than a total of 2.00 units of co-ops combined with internships may be applied to a bachelor’s degree.