An internship is a unique, on-the-job learning experience for students in a carefully
supervised professional setting within a business, non-profit, or governmental organization.
Typically, this experience takes place over the period of a summer or one semester
in the student’s junior or senior year.
Many Ferrum majors offer or require an internship, normally worth three to nine semester
hours of credit. An internship for academic credit is designed to integrate classroom
study and experiential learning directly related to the student’s academic curriculum
and career intentions. As such, it is a logical component of the College’s commitment
of service to the larger community as well as to the student.
Students interested in pursuing an internship for academic credit must pay strict
attention to the important criteria, guidelines, procedures and time frames stipulated
in the Intership Handbook, available through I-Assistant, as well as the online approval process and paperwork which must be completed.
Eligibility requirements for academic internships include
1. Successful completion of specified semester hours and any prerequisite courses
as determined by the academic program. Most majors require very specific prerequisite
courses to be completed prior to being considered for an internship.
2. Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on all course work attempted
at Ferrum and a 2.0 on all course work in the major. Some majors require a higher
3. Completion of all procedures specified in the Internship Handbook by the student,
Program Coordinator, School Dean, and Registrar’s Office.
The complete listing of all processes and requirements can be viewed in the Internship
Handbook, which is available through I-Assistant.
Students can also pursue non-credit internships. For assistance and processing a
non-credit internship, students should contact the Career Services Office and make an appointment with a staff member. The Career Services Office and website
has information regarding various opportunities in the regional area, and additional
website information for business, non-profit or governmental internships. The staff
can advise you about how to search for possibilities even in your home community or
across the nation. If you do engage in a non-academic internship, please go to the
Career Services Office and log your internship site information with them so that
they can track your participation and advise future interested students.
Internships are available in the following majors. Please contact the faculty member
listed for information
* Placements for Social Work and Teacher Education (minor) are required during the
last semester of study.
Internship Opportunities in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Career Services Office