Internships offer opportunities for students to truly get hands-on experience in a chosen
profession. During internships, students work with professionals learning the practical
aspects of a profession. After such experiences, students can more clearly decide if the
profession fits their own personality and academic interests. Moreover, students can better
understand how the classroom lectures relate to the everyday professional situations.
Obtaining an internship is an involved process requiring faculty and internship site approval.
Students who find the most success are the ones who are diligent and thoughtful in their
The internship must be in the student's major area and directly related to their program of
study. In most cases, positions are identified by the college and the students are selected by
the department. Thus, an existing position or job that a student already holds does not
qualify as an internship. Eligibility requirements vary by department, however students must
have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to receive credit for an internship. Students should check with
their faculty to see if they meet that department's qualifications. Instructor permission is
Students who would like to receive credit for an internship must be a current Western student
and have earned a minimum of 15 credits from Western to be eligible. All credit barring
internships that will be completed in the upcoming semester must be finalized prior to Early
Registration Day. Students must fill out and submit the Internship Application prior to Early
Registration Day to receive credit. No late internship registration is accepted.
Internship Application - The application is the first step in the internship process. Once turned in,
you will have an appointment with the Career, Employment, and Internship Specialist in the ACE IT Center to discuss the next step!