What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity that combines learning with work and offers a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that as you are working, you have structured and intentional objectives to learn about a career field. Before entering an on-site internship, use the COVID-19 Due Diligence Checklist to ensure that the employer/company is taking effective steps to protect the health and safety of student interns.

Types of internships

The internship types are:

  1. Extra-Curricular Internships are initiated by the student, are not required for the degree, and do not receive academic credit. Students are not enrolled in any internship course. These internships can be pursued during academic terms in which they are enrolled in other classes or during breaks between periods of enrollment. They need not be related to the student’s program of study, and no faculty supervision is needed. The University does not enter into an agreement with the Internship Sponsor. Students may list the internship on their resume, but it will not appear on their academic transcript.
  2. Co-Curricular Internships relate to the student’s program of study (e.g., major, minor, certificate program) and can be paid or unpaid. Students pursuing them are enrolled in a course (which can be 0 to 6 credits), but it is not a mandated requirement for the program of study. Students must have a completed learning plan signed by an assigned faculty supervisor. Academic credit appears on the transcript and may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.
  3. Curricular Internships are a requirement for the student’s declared degree or major. These internships must be for academic credit and can be paid or unpaid. Students must have an assigned faculty supervisor and learning plan. These internships appear on the transcript, and the internship course may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.

Why you should pursue an internship

  • Explore potential careers
  • Learn how to conduct a job search
  • Build work-related skills
  • Experience a "3-month interview"
  • Network with people in your field
  • Become more marketable for your future job search

Before you begin your internship search, you should reflect on:

  • Your interests, strengths, skills and experiences
  • The skills you hope to gain or refine through an internship
  • The types of careers that interest you
  • Other career choices that may be available to you

Academic credit & other information

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the university’s internship policy. To be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Miami University.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) actively registered credit hours in a semester to be eligible for federal financial aid or loan deferment.
  • Be in good academic standing with Miami University and have maintained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average prior to enrolling for an internship. Individual departments/colleges or programs may require a higher GPA.
  • Completed at least two full-time semesters with a minimum of 24 GPA hours earned at Miami (for continuing students); or completed at least 12 GPA hours earned at Miami (for transfer students)
  • Complete the internship form by the end of the semester or term before the internship experience. The internship course will be added to your schedule after the form has been fully completed and approved. Internship credit cannot be retroactively granted.

Your internship search

Start your search with Handshake

  • Discover thousands of internships 
  • Find career-related events that allow face-to-face interactions

Networking, job shadowing, and informational interviews often open doors to additional opportunities.

How can you create your own internship?

  • Search for available opportunities on Handshake.
  • Interview with employers who recruit at Miami.
  • Contact employers in particular fields or companies that interest you.
  • Network with friends, relatives, alumni, faculty.
  • Participate in informational interviews.

Internship resources

The Ohio Public Service Internship Network will help you find internship opportunities in government or public service organizations.

Unpaid Internship Award Program

The Miami Regionals Unpaid Internship Award Program provides first-time unpaid interns with funding to offset personal expenses. 

  • You must be a student at the Regionals to apply.
  • Awards will be based on merit and financial need.
  • Merit will be based on applicants with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Applicants that are pursuing the award based on financial need must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial need will be determined by the Regional Financial Aid office.
  • The internship work responsibilities must be related to the applicant’s academic major.
  • The application deadline is 14 days prior to the beginning of each term (fall, winter, spring, summer).
  • Applications for this award will only be considered after students have applied to track their internship through Handshake and enrolled in a 340 course.
  • International students must complete the application and meet the merit criteria.

Apply for the Unpaid Internship Award

You got an internship! Now what?

1. Request

Use Handshake to request for your experience to be documented and/or awarded academic credit. Choose your experience type then complete the form. 


2. Approval

Your internship coordinator and site supervisor will receive notification of your request, review the details, then provide approval.

3. Follow Up

Your internship coordinator will guide you through the final steps of documenting your experience, including any evaluations or required paperwork.

Requesting your internship experience

Use Handshake to request for your experience to be documented and/or awarded academic credit. Complete the internship form no matter whether the internship experience is credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing, paid or unpaid or occurs during the academic year, winter term or summer term. 

Steps to complete

Review the types of internships (see above).

  • For Extra-Curricular Internship - Select “Extra-Curricular Internship” 
  • For Curricular or Co-Curricular Internship - Select Your Academic Department and Internship Coordinator
  • Be prepared with the following information:
    • Employer/Organization Name
    • Location
    • Industry
    • Phone Number
    • Email address
    • Internship Job Title
    • Department
    • Start/End Date
    • Employment Type (Seasonal, Full Time, Part Time)
    • Salary
    • Offer Date
    • Internship Site Supervisor First and Last Name
    • Internship Site Supervisor Title
    • Internship Site Supervisor Phone Number
    • Internship Site Supervisor Email Address
    • Other Compensation
    • Approximate number of hours you will work each week
    • Scheduled Hours
    • Number of Credit Hours you are requesting 
      • 0 (Zero) credit = less than 37.5 work hours
      • 1 credit = 37.5 total work hours
      • 2 credits = 75 total work hours
      • 3 credits = 112.5 total work hours
      • 4 credits = 150 total work hours
      • 5 credits = 187.5 total work hours
      • 6 credits = 225 total work hours
    • Where the internship will be conducted (Onsite, Virtually, Both)
    • Job Description
    • At least 3 Learning Objectives

Please note: The form for Curricular and Co-Curricular Internships is the same. Students who complete the Curricular/Co-Curricular Internship Form will be registered into the internship course by the University Registrar.


Deadline to register each semester is set by the Academic Calendar and the Office of the Registrar.  

Last Add Day for Departments - Full Term: First Friday of the semester

Last Add Day for Departments - Sprint Course: Wednesday, 9th week of the semester

Next steps

Once submitted, the approval process will begin with your Internship Coordinator and Site Supervisor. Upon approval, it will be added to your class schedule. 

Mid Semester and End of the Semester Surveys may be sent to you and/or your Site Supervisor.

Academic Departments may have additional requirements. Check with your Internship Coordinator for more details.

Update your resume, LinkedIn profile, and/or Handshake profile to showcase your hard work.

Reneging on a job/internship acceptance

Definition and repercussions

Renege: to go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract. Reneging is unethical, unprofessional, and jeopardizes the reputation of fellow students and the University. Therefore, the Career Services and Professional Development office prohibits any student from reneging on an accepted job/internship offer. To renege is to accept a new internship/job offer after already committing to a previous internship/job.

A student who accepts any offer shall withdraw from the hiring process for any other position. A student who fails to withdraw, continues to solicit another position, or reneges on a previously accepted position may be denied future services from Career Services and Professional Development and barred from future on-campus recruiting until such time that the Center for Career Services and Professional Development, in their discretion, removes such ban. A student that violates this policy shall also be referred to his or her departmental chair(s) for consideration of additional sanctions at the discretion of the department chair(s).

If you are uncertain as to whether you should accept an offer, please seek guidance from a member of the Career Services staff before taking any action.