Guidelines and Resources by Department

An internship is a way to gain valuable work experience. Each department has their own internship process. If you would like to complete an internship for academic credit, please check with your academic department regarding requirements.

 

 

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 *If you do not see your department listed, please contact the office of the Department Chair with specific questions. 

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  • Must be admitted to UNA as a regular, degree-seeking student.
  • Must have completed at least 24 semester hours toward a degree in progress at the University of North Alabama with a minimum UNA GPA of 2.5 (NOTE: Some majors may have broader or more stringent GPA requirements and/or more semester hours).
  • BBA students must be formally admitted to the College of Business and Technology in order to participate in an internship (this does not include BSCS and BSIT students).
  • Transfer students must have successfully completed one semester at UNA.

You are encouraged to seek employers that may be offering internships. One of many places to look is LionJobs.

  1. Log in to LionJobs with your portal username/password.
  2. Upload your resume (subject to approval).
  3. Follow job application instructions.
  4. Upon obtaining an internship offer, ask the employer to complete the Employer Contact Form.
    1. If you are already working for a business and would like to receive academic credit, you must provide a list of the new duties to be assigned, and at least 60% must be in your major/minor.
  5. Complete the Application.
  6. Take both the Employer Contact Form (and/or employer provided job description) and the Application to your department, where the designated faculty/instructor will determine if academic credit is appropriate based on the job description and relevance to your major/ minor. The designated department member (Chair, faculty or advisor) must complete that portion of your application.
  7. After receiving signature, ensure that the department's Administrative Assistant enters a permit-release for you to register for the internship class.
  8. Register for the internship class.
  9. Complete the Memo of Understanding form. This must also be signed by the employer.

**If you are not permitted to earn or do not choose to earn academic credit, you may still have the internship recognized by the University Interdisciplinary Program for no academic credit. (Must complete a minimum of 50 hours)

All of these forms (Employer Contact Form, Application, and Memo of Understanding) must be submitted for your internship file to be considered complete. Forms must be submitted to the Career Center before the end of the late registration period as determined by the Registrar’s Office.

  • You must work the minimum number of required hours in order to receive academic credit. Program hour requirements vary from a minimum of 150 hours (10 hours/week) to 480. You will be required to verify your hours worked.
  • Follow the instructor’s syllabus as to the requirements for the internship class. The requirements may include submitting a Task Reporting Form every two weeks stating of how many hours you have worked, what tasks you have completed and what you have learned. You may be asked to complete a blog, write a weekly personal journal or a final reflective paper.
  • Your employer/supervisor will be emailed an evaluation near the end of the term. They are asked to complete the evaluation based on their perception of your performance. It is your responsibility to see that your supervisor returns the evaluation form by the last day of class as determined by the Registrar’s Office. Your grade for the internship will be based on the evaluation. You will receive an Incomplete if it is not received.
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  • For a student to be considered eligible for the CO-OP program, they must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Student must maintain this to stay in the CO-OP program.
  • Student must have completed at least 24 hours of study.
  • Student must be under an unrestricted admission status. No academic or non-academic holds on account.
  • Each semester a student works, they are required to register with the University as a cooperative education student.
  • Transfer students from another college or university must complete one full semester at UNA and have at least 24 hours of cumulative college credit prior to applying.
  • Transfer students expecting to continue in a current CO-OP must have documented CO-OP work experience from another accredited institution and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • CO-OP is zero credit on the student's transcript with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
  • During CO-OP work terms students are not eligible to receive financial aid unless the student is enrolled in a parallel CO-OP (Must be enrolled for 6 hours to receive aid).
  • Student is considered full-time (alternating work semester) for purposes of health insurance, student loan deferment and priority registration.
  • Alternating CO-OP: Student must have enough time remaining before graduation to do 3 work terms. Student should be a sophomore or junior and work alternating semesters so as to end up with a fall, spring and summer CO-OP. Student would work full time one semester and attend classes full time the following semester on a rotating schedule. Three rotations equaling 52 weeks of work experience. There is no allowance for consecutive work-only semesters. $45 fee payable to the UNA Business Office.
  • Parallel CO-OP: Student would work no more than 20-25 hours per week and take a minimum of 6 course hours. Student must have enough time remaining before graduation to do 3 work terms. Student should be a sophomore or junior but would work alternating semesters so as to end up with a fall, spring and summer CO-OP. Three rotations equaling 52 weeks of work experience. $45 fee payable to the Business Office.
  • Professional Practice: Student must have completed at least one semester (full-time) of coursework at the University. Option available to a student who has received a job opportunity requiring them to work full-time for an entire semester. Examples include Disney Program and Redstone Arsenal entities. $45 fee payable to the Business Office. Experience is for one semester.
  • Graduate CO-OP: Student may apply for a graduate CO-OP if they have been unconditionally admitted to a graduate program and enrolled in coursework. $45 fee payable to the business office. Student must be able to complete 2 work terms.

The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provides students with part-time federal jobs during the school year or during the summer that do not have to be directly related to their major or career goals. The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) offers work experience directly related to a student's academic studies and requires commitments from the student, their school and the employing agency. Students may be eligible for permanent employment after completing their education and successfully meeting work requirements.

These programs may or may not require a 3 term rotation, but rather, are training programs designed to promote the student into permanent employment upon their graduation. This may also extend to the graduate level. Redstone entities hire students at various stages in their academic career and some may not have time left before graduation to work 3 rotations. For more information please go to:

https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

There are many benefits and advantages to the student, employer and the university in maintaining an active CO-OP program.

Students:

  • A CO-OP may or may not be with a local company. The option to CO-OP outside of the Shoals area gives our students exposure to a larger world view
  • Can earn a salary that can assist in paying for college
  • Learn valuable practical job skills
  • Gain exposure to the latest trends in technology
  • Develop maturity, professionalism and self-confidence
  • Improve GPA as classes become more meaningful following work experience
  • Acquire networking opportunities with professionals in chosen fields
  • Earn more income and advance more rapidly in the chosen career field upon graduation than students that do not have CO-OP experience

Employers:

  • Evaluate potential new hires prior to full-time job offers as the CO-OP becomes a 3 month interview
  • Have less down time training the new employee as the student is already familiar with processes, procedures, company policies and culture
  • Provide an opportunity to participate in and influence the educational process as well as maintains positive contact with the University
  • Communicate the needs of business and industry to the University
  • Have a qualified pool of candidates to hire from at the end of the co-op rotation. Employers tell us this is where they get many of their new hires.

 

You are required to have a resume on LionJobs. You are encouraged to seek employers that may be offering co-ops on LionJobs.

  1. Register online with LionJobs.
  2. Click on STUDENTS and REGISTER; upload your resume (subject to approval).
  3. If the employer requires Letters of Recommendation, please submit to your LionJobs account as "Other Documents."
  4. Visit the Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Bring receipt to the Career Center.
  5. Upload and submit copy of your unofficial transcript into your LionJobs account. You may copy and paste your transcript from your UNA portal account into a Word document in order to upload.
  6. Follow job application instructions.
  7. Discuss financial aid eligibility and issues with Student Financial Services before accepting a work assignment.

Once CO-OP work assignment is obtained, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Student to complete and sign the following four forms. Follow the instructions on the forms. Forms to be completed in their entirety:

CO-OP Application
CO-OP Education Work Schedule
CO-OP Memo of Understanding

Step 2: Student must schedule an appointment with Career Center for the pre-work interview and must bring all signed forms. This interview includes job readiness training about what is expected of the student. If the student has employer required paperwork it will be completed at this time and submitted to the employer. Upon completion of this interview, the student would be permitted to register for COOP course thru Banner by the Career Center.

Step 3: Student registers in Banner.

Step 4: Visit the Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Take the receipt to the Career Center.

Step 5: At the end of the term Career Center requests Employer Evaluation (with the exception of the Professional Practice).

Step 6: Schedule and complete post-work interview on campus with Career Center office.

Step 7: A copy of transcripts is sent to the employer at the end of the term to verify GPA (if the employer required).

Step 1: Student to complete and sign the following forms. Follow instructions on the forms. Forms must be completed in their entirety:

CO-OP Application
CO-OP Memo of Understanding
Employer Contact/Job Description

Step 2: Student must schedule an appointment with Career Center for pre-work interview and must bring all signed forms. If the student has employer required paperwork, it will be completed at this time and submitted to the employer.

Step 3: Upon completion of this interview, the student would be permitted to register for CO-OP course through Banner.

Step 4: Visit the UNA Business Office and pay the $45 fee. Bring receipt to the Career Center.

Step 5: Student registers in Banner.

Step 6: A copy of transcripts is sent to the employer at the end of the term to verify GPA (if the employer required).

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Please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for specific instructions regarding internship possibilities, to complete internship forms, to gain approval for an internship experience, and to ask any questions you may have about processes and procedures.  

Below is a listing of businesses and agencies that students have utilized as internship sites in the past. Please note that you may seek out opportunities not on this list. This is merely to be used as a starting place.

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If you have secured an internship or full time job in your field, we want to feature you on Instagram. Please email mtmedlin@una.edu for more information. 
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