Cumberland University

Internship Program

Welcome to the Internship Program of Cumberland University. Your time as an intern will be one of the most beneficial parts of your learning experience during college. While each academic department constructs its own learning goals and grading criteria for its interns, the management of the internship program is assumed by the Office of Career Services and Internships. The Internship Coordinator is here to assist you in any way possible to make your internship work for you, both as a career assessment tool, and as an important credential as you work toward your career goals.

What is an Internship?

Internships require students to be more responsible and aware of the given environment. During the internship phase, students apply skills learned through classes and other experiences where he/she has to work directly under the employer. An internship is not part of an academic course, but is the academic course.

Students participating in an internship may or may not be paid. Most organizations require that students seek academic credit for the experience. Along with this requirement, students not receiving compensation are required to have their employer sign the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Students may also be required by faculty sponsors to submit assignments or special projects based on information gathered during the internship experience.