The student internship program at Rust College is a career-oriented educational plan which integrates academic study with practical experience by means of alternating specific periods of classroom instruction with specific periods of employment. The Internship Program is designed to help students put into practice their classroom knowledge and skills by participating in a designated period of planned and supervised study-related work experience approved and supervised by the student’s major area of study.
Any student, depending on his or her area of study, may be required to participate in an internship program. A student must file an application in the Division Chair’s Office after completing 60 semester hours of course work or one semester in the major if transferring from another institution.
The student must:
- Have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
- Attend all required meetings and conferences with the coordinator of internship.
- Have on file a resume.
- Be approved and recommended by the division chairperson.
All internship students must complete their registration for internship through the Registrar’s Office and Business Office before the internship assignment is processed. Each student is responsible for registering himself/herself.
Semester hours awarded for internship are determined by the respective division; however, no internship may be less than eight (8) weeks in duration or awarded fewer than six (6) semester hours credit. This credit will count towards the requirement for the baccalaureate degree.
Prior to receiving academic credits, all internship reports and Employer’s Evaluation forms must be on file with the Internship Coordinator in each division. The Internship Coordinator, in turn, submits the student’s report to the Division Chairperson and awards the grade.
A student registering for an internship period must obtain prior approval from the Division Chairperson. Internship students will be charged the regular rates set by the institution. No student can participate in an Internship assignment without proper registration and college clearance.
Status of Internship Students
The internship student is an officially enrolled student during the internship period and is entitled to all the privileges of a regular student except:
- The right to hold an active office in a student organization.
- Student room and board privileges on campus
- Active participation in student activities such as choir, band, athletics, intramural, et cetera.
Internship students will be responsible for their own room and board and transportation during their Internship term. Internship students are expected to exhibit a professional and ethical code of conduct at all times as an employee-student.
Time, Place and Compensation
The time and location of the Internship experience will be determined by the Internship Coordinator and the Division Chairperson. Internship placement is dependent upon the major and/or concentration field, availability of internship positions, and the employer’s acceptance of students. The program at Rust College includes employers locally and nationwide. The required internship does not carry with it an obligation for a paid placement.