Winthrop University: Center for Career and Civic Engagement - Internships

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Internships


 

COVID-19 Guidelines

Winthrop University’s #1 priority is everyone’s health and safety. Below are some guidelines to follow regarding internships:

STUDENTS:

If you participate in-person at your internship site, you must adhere to the local, state, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. If you are uncomfortable continuing your internship in-person, you should immediately speak with your faculty liaison about your options.

If your internship site moves to remote work, the internship may go on as planned. You are responsible for communicating this to your faculty liaison. If your internship does not have a remote option, you should alert your faculty liaison immediately to seek guidance.

 

SITE SUPERVISORS:

We appreciate your partnership to provide internships for our students. Should students participate in-person at your site, they are to adhere to the local, state, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. If your place of business moves to working remote, we ask that you let the student and the university know within the most reasonable timeframe. If the internship is able to continue using remote projects, the internship may go on as planned. If the internship is not able to continue remote; please let the student and the university know as soon as possible.

For any additional assistance with internships, please reach out to Tiffany L. Alexander, Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Internships at alexandert@winthrop.edu.


 

Experience is the #1 thing that employers seek in qualified candidates. “Experiential education” (internships, significant volunteer experience, etc.) provides a glimpse into the world of work, allowing you to apply what you have learned in class and enabling you to build relationships with current professionals in a field of interest. Winthrop University and the University Career Center provide several avenues for you to pursue experiential education opportunities. Depending upon your major and the industry you are intersted in working in you may select to pursue internships, cooperative education, practicum experiences, clinicals or student teaching. 

In today’s competitive job market, an internship is just one more step in creating a well-rounded portfolio of experiences that will give you a competitive edge in the job market. Internships or other relevant work experience have the following benefits: 

  • Gaining new skills and professional contacts in the world of work
  • Exploring career interests without making a long-term commitment to a position or field
  • Clarifying your interests, skills, and career goals
  • Establishing a relationship with your supervisor who may serve as an important professional reference when you begin a job search or who may be inclined to hire you at that company after a successful internship experience. 
  • Applying classroom knowledge to the workplace which may, in turn, shape your course of study.

Additionally, many majors on campus allow you to earn academic credit for internships as long as you meet with the appropriate Internship Faculty Liaison and receive approval for your internship experience in advance. This typically includes enrolling in an academic course to earn credit (course varies by department), completing an Internship Agreement Form (paperwork varies by department) and other assignments such as keeping a work hours log and evaluations along the way.

If you have specific questions about internships in your area of interest, contact one of our CCE staff for assistance. We can help you locate internships to apply for, prepare internship résumés and cover letters, make suggestions for references, and point you in the right direction if you want to receive academic credit for your experience.

To start your internship search, utilize Winthrop's online jobsite, EAGLElink. As a Winthrop student, you automatically have an account, but if you need help logging in or forgot your password — check out our EAGLElink Guide (pdf — 367 kb) for assistance.

Learn more about the CCE Internship Program.  

 

Unpaid Internships: Know the Facts

Many internship opportunities are advertised as "unpaid." The Department of Labor has provided a fact sheet to help clarify whether or not an intern working in the for-profit private sector must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The fact sheet outlines 6 main criteria that must be met in order for an internship to be unpaid: 

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for time spent in the internship.

View the full fact sheet here: Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act (pdf - 35.3KB)

 

DISCLAIMER:  Job Postings (Beware of Scams/Protect your safety)

Career and Civic Engagement offers EAGLElink and the Opportunity List as a resource for employers and community partners to connect with WU students and alumni seeking volunteer experience, internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions. Please note that the presence of job announcements on any website or listserve maintained by Career and Civic Engagement does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation by Winthrop University or CCE. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment.  We can't do a background check of every single posting - so make sure you spend time researching before you apply.

Scammers create positions that look legitimate; be smart and never make arrangements with an employer that involves you depositing/cashing checks or putting up your own money. If an employer EVER asks you to deposit money, send a check or buy something for them - this is a major red flag. Should an issue arise that you feel the CCE staff should be aware of, please contact us at 803/323-2141 or cce@winthrop.edu. Check out our Guide to Employer Research and Scams (pdf - 391 kb) to learn more.

Last Updated: 7/24/20