Internship Course Policies CSPL 493

Wesleyan University can not guarantee the accuracy of information provided by external employers. Students should conduct their own due diligence when evaluating opportunities and report any inaccuracies and concerns about applying to the Gordon Career Center. The University is not responsible for safety, compensation, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. 

The following policies have been adopted by the Educational Policy Committee:

TUITION
There is no cost for students participating in internship course CSPL 493. Upon successful completion, students will earn .25 credit.

ENROLLMENT
Students should follow the course enrollment process.

ELIGIBILITY
Students must be actively enrolled at Wesleyan University full-time and be in good standing in order to be eligible for internship credit through CSPL 493.  

Students who are not actively enrolled at Wesleyan, or who are on probation are not eligible to earn credit through CSPL 493. Additionally, students who are getting paid for their work by the University or who are receiving academic credit through other avenues (eg. independent study) are not eligible to earn internship credit through CSPL 493. 

Internship credit can not be earned retroactively for internships completed during previous semesters. Please review the enrollment deadlines closely. 

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete a minimum of 40 working hours through the internship experience, within the academic term in which they are enrolled in CSPL 493. There is no maximum hour limit; it is up to the intern to determine with the employer how many work hours are reasonable. 

Students may receive internship credit through CSPL 493 up to two times during their undergraduate career. Students may complete up to two internships within the same academic term. If you are earning credit through CSPL 493 for two different internships during the same academic term, you must complete CSPL 493 course requirements twice; You must submit separate course assignments for each internship.

Students are not eligible to receive internship credit for the same internship more than once. If a student plans to intern for the same organization twice and wants to receive credit for both, the internship experiences must be distinct from one another - including interning for a different department, with a different supervisor, and responsibilities and assignments significantly different from those of the first internship. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND COMMUNITY STANDARDS
All students in CSPL 493 are expected to adhere to the Wesleyan University Honor Code as described in the Student Handbook, and all work submitted must be the student’s own.

Please note that there may be instances where the content of your final reflective essay will prompt staff to take further action. For example, in the case of workplace harassment, faculty and staff will reach out to appropriate partners on campus to ensure student safety and privacy.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Wesleyan University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, its programs and services. To receive accommodations, a student must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible.

If you have a disability or think that you might have a disability, please contact Accessibility Services in order to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. Accessibility Services is located in North College, rooms 021/022, or can be reached by email (accessibility@wesleyan.edu) or phone (860-685-5581).

INTERNSHIP EXPECTATIONS 

  • Comply with confidentiality rules in force at the internship site.
  • Observe all policies and procedures stipulated by the employer.
  • Regular attendance and compliance with all job requirements are essential.
  • Ideally, confer weekly with your supervisor to receive guidance on your assignments, feedback on your performance, and explanations of the organization’s mission, objectives, methods, and operations.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL
Students wishing to withdraw from the internship course, CSPL 493, without having a “W” appear on your transcript must inform the Gordon Career Center (internship_credit@wesleyan.edu) within 10 days of the start date of the internship indicated on the Description Form.

If the student drops the internship later, if the internship fails to materialize, or if it terminates for any other reason, the Gordon Career Center must be notified immediately of the circumstances. Otherwise, the student may receive a U for the course. 

PAID & UNPAID INTERNSHIPS
For paid internships, students are compensated directly by the organization or company that they are working with by either a stipend or paycheck. For unpaid internships, there is the Wesleyan Summer Grants program along with additional funding resources across campus. 

Note: Various grants and funding may have specific parameters limiting eligibility based on subject area, financial need, academic merit and more. Many of these grants also have corresponding deadlines and required materials for submission. Furthermore, funding and grants are limited and therefore not guaranteed and are contingent upon application and review.