At Dickinson, an internship is defined as "a closely monitored applied experience in a professional setting, with definite learning objectives incorporating reflection on and integration of theories and concepts with practice."
Internships are an excellent way to explore career choices and gain experience valued by employers and graduate schools. Students should be encouraged to register internships through the Internship Notation Program (INP).
Internship Notation Program
Students receive official college recognition for internships through participation in the Internship Notation Program. Upon successful completion of an internship and corresponding reflective component (overseen by the Career Center), documentation is placed on the official transcript through the INTR 7xx course number. The internship and reflective component must occur simultaneously; therefore, retroactive notations are not granted. For more information, visit the INP page on the Career Center website. There is no fee/tuition charged for this program. To register, students should complete the form through the Student Forms tab in Gateway.
Several academic disciplines require or allow the INP to fulfill their majors' graduation requirements, including Policy Studies (Law & Policy and Policy Management), Environmental Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, and Archaeology (for those not doing excavation fieldwork), International Business & Management, and the Health Studies Certificate program.
"Credit Required" Situations
An employer may indicate that they "require" credit, some sort of paperwork, confirmation letter, or signed document from the College.
If a student inquires about a "Credit Required" internship, requests a confirmation letter, or needs a signature on any paperwork, please direct them to contact the Career Center as soon as possible. Participation in the INP will normally meet an employer's criteria or we may have other paperwork already signed with the employer. The Career Center will work with the student and employer to ensure all requirements are met, provide requisite confirmation letters, and/or complete all necessary paperwork.
Independent study: A few majors allow students to complete an independent study in conjunction with an internship experience. The student would receive credit and a grade for the academic component of the independent study. In this case, students register using the Special Course Options form from the Registrar's Office. Tuition fees will apply.
International internships: Some study abroad programs integrate internships with an Intercultural Seminar or independent study, while others allow for the INP. If participating in a study abroad program (including The Washington Center or NYC-Baruch Program), check with a Center for Global Study and Engagement coordinator about internship options.
All other students should be encouraged to register internship experiences through the INP.
Research Experience Notation (REXP)
The scientific Research Experience Notation is different from the Internship Notation Program in that the principal activity and focus of the Research Experience is original investigation designed to create new knowledge in a recognized field of inquiry.
The Research Experience transcript notation is intended to provide formal documentation of non-credit scholarly scientific research experiences that take place under the supervision of a professional researcher at Dickinson or at another institution. Examples include student-faculty research with a Dickinson faculty member (on campus or at a field site), or participation in a summer research project at another research organization (typically a college or university, private research foundation, or research and development division of a corporation).
Upon successful completion of a research experience and corresponding departmental component (overseen by the department chair and supported/processed by the Career Center), documentation is placed on the official transcript through the REXP 7xx course number.
If students have questions about this designation, they should contact the Career Center.
Resources & Deadlines
If searching for experiential learning opportunities like internships and research, students may meet with a career counselor and utilize Career Center resources.
Students should watch the weekly internship listserv and the Career Center Website for INP and REXP deadline dates. (All first years, sophomores, juniors and seniors receive the email listserv unless they choose to be removed from the list.)
Career Center staff is available to answer questions about internships and transcript notations.
Please call 717-245-1740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.