Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs will address most questions pertaining to internships and the application process.
Study each of the following questions and view their respective answers.
What is an internship?
An academic internship is a temporary employment opportunity through which students integrate academic and professional experience. You will get hands-on experience related to your career and academic goals.
A volunteer internship is a temporary work assignment through which students integrate academic and professional experience. You will not earn academic credit, but get hands-on experience related to your career and academic goals. You can establish excellent networking contacts while building your resume!
We recommended that you begin your internship in your junior year. The timing can help prepare you for the classroom to workforce transition.
Will Regent help me find an internship?
The Career Services staff will assist you in searching for an internship, but each student must take the initiative to seek opportunities. We recommend that you conduct your internship search just as you would a job search! Contact the office at 757.352.4297 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what companies are looking for interns.
I do not live in the Virginia Beach or Hampton Roads area. Can I still do an internship?
Yes. Whether you are an online or a residential student, you can do an internship anywhere within the United States. Review our interactive map for company suggestions. Once your internship site is approved, you can begin the journey!
Do I get paid for an internship?
Most companies do not offer a financial incentive to interns. However, some do. If you don't get paid, the experience you will gain is valuable! Internships often lead to important networking opportunities as well as future employment.
How soon should I begin searching for an internship?
Some company deadlines range from February to May if you plan to do a summer academic internship. Fall and spring internships can have early deadlines. It may be helpful to identify the selection criteria too. Academic internship opportunities can be competitive. We recommend that you begin your internship paperwork process at least six months before starting your assignment. Conduct company research to find out specific internship requirements.Although you will not receive academic credit for volunteer internships, some companies have deadlines and selection processes. Volunteer internship opportunities can be competitive. Inquire early to find out the details.
Will I need to register for a course? And if so, how many credits will I earn?
Check with your academic advisor to see if your major requires an internship.
Will I have a job description, supervisor, and time card?
The sponsoring company or organization must provide Regent with a formal job description. It should include duties, tasks and responsibilities. It will be up to your on-site supervisor to monitor the 96 required work hours (for academic internships) during the internship. It will be up to your on-site supervisor to monitor your work hours during the volunteer internship.
Is the internship going to be evaluated?
For academic internships, different schools have different requirements. For links to each school's respective internship system and requirements please research our Internships: General Information page. Evaluation requirements vary for each major and school, and t is veryimportant to clarify yours before beginning the internship.