Internship FAQ for Students

How can I find an internship?
Email our internship coordinator, Tuuli McElroy, or call 508-588-9100, ext. 1020 or search for an internship on your own. click here to FIND AN INTERNSHIP

You should search for and secure an internship position during the semester preceding the semester in which you plan to complete an internship. The internship office will announce and accept applications for on campus internship opportunities before the end of each semester.

Before you register for a non-credit internship you must meet with Massasoit’s internship coordinator, Tuuli McElroy, 508-588-9100, ext. 1020 to discuss eligibility, requirements, and the search and approval process.

How many hours will I need to complete an internship?
The length of each internship varies and depends on the scope of the project as well as the intern's and employer’s needs and schedules. The hours and work schedule will be agreed upon and confirmed before the start of the internship. A minimum of 100 hours are required for the non-credit internship.

Can I use my current job as an internship?
If your employer agrees to be an internship host and your job meets the requirements for a Massasoit internship, it may qualify as an internship. You, your faculty advisor, and your employer will be required to negotiate learning objectives and complete an Internship Agreement, and you will need to enroll in the non-credit Internship Seminar.

Can I use my work study position as an internship?
Work study positions are currently not approved for internship recognition or credit.

Will I receive a grade?
Students who successfully complete all requirements of the non-credit internship will receive a passing notation on their transcript and a certificate of completion.

What is the internship course?
The non-credit course is not specific to any discipline or program and fosters development of and reflection about professional skills. The online aspect of the course consists of recommended readings and the submission of a weekly work log that includes hours worked and descriptions of completed tasks and concepts learned.

What will I learn during my internship?
You will work with a faculty advisor and/or internship coordinator to design learning objectives specific to your internship. In addition to your individual learning objectives, the following learning outcomes must be met:

  1. Develop Technical Skills and professional communications in a work setting.
  2. Understand industry and organizational structures, culture, and ethics.
  3. Apply and reflect on the connections to academic theory and practice.
  4. Strengthen critical thinking, research skills, and problem-solving skills.
  5. Develop awareness of self, others, and social responsibility in a work, career, and global context. 
  6. Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors, references.

Information for International Students
International students studying in the United States on an F-1 visa should contact their international student advisor for information on visa restrictions and working on or off campus.

Where can I go for help during my internship?
Email our internship coordinator, Tuuli McElroy, or call 508-588-9100, ext. 1020 or contact your faculty advisor.