Non-Business Specific Internship Course

Professional Internship Course (IDS 3949): 0-4 credits

Guidelines for Students/Registration Process

1.What is the Professional Internship course?

This 0-4 credit course offers students the opportunity to gain “real-world” exposure and supervised experience related to their major, specific field of study or career interests. Students will integrate theories learned in the classroom with experiential activities acquired through direct involvement in on/off-campus internship opportunities. Students will develop marketable skills in preparation for future employment or graduate school studies. The Professional Internship course is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (Term I). Students can participate multiple times with one employer or different employers.

2. Why should you register for the Professional Internship course?

  • Learn and understand skills and attributes that employers value.
  • Identify the integration of academic studies with practical application outside the classroom.
  • Reflect on current skill set and areas for future development.
  • Have tangible outcomes to discuss with future internship and full-time employers.
  • Network and secure future internship and full-time opportunities upon graduation.

3. How does the Professional Internship course work?

The Professional Internship course is a partnership among the student, employer, and the Career Development Center.

  • This is an experiential learning course. It does not meet in the traditional classroom setting. Instead each student will engage in a pre-approved employer worksite while completing assignments through learning objectives and evaluations. This course will be fully on-line.
  • The work schedule is determined by the employing organization/company and student. There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 total hours completed during the academic semester. Students must be supervised at an approved job site. Transportation to the internship site is provided by student.
  • Students will not actively pursue other internship opportunities for the same term that would affect their agreement with their current internship employer.
  • Students are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. If students do not complete the hours and weeks of employment provided during the approval of the internship experience, they may receive an Unsatisfactory for the course.
  • There are three required evaluations during the course (Learning Objectives/Midterm Progress Report, Student Final Evaluation, and Employer Final Evaluation). These evaluations are completed electronically and must be submitted by the deadline dates listed in the syllabus or the student may receive an Unsatisfactory for the course. If students are unable to submit an assignment by the deadline date they must contact the course instructor one week prior to the deadline date to make alternative arrangements.

4. Who is eligible for the Professional Internship course?

  • Students must have completed one semester at FAU as evidenced by having a FAU GPA on record in Banner.
  • International students (F-1 status) must have maintained valid F-1 status and full-time enrollment for at least two consecutive semesters prior to the Internship start date. To review the requirements for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for F-1 students please view the following webpage:
  • International students must obtain from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) an I-20 and meet all USCIS and/or ISSS requirements.


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