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CURA Internship Guide

A student internship is another way to connect with university students' skills and energy. An internship is a paid or unpaid position to work on one or more projects for an organization usually for a semester for several hours each week. The internship can be arranged for credit depending on the student's needs. The CURA Internship Guide explains the elements of a successful internship and lists information and contacts for internship services at Twin Cities universities.

Elements of a Successful Internship

Internships and the sponsoring organization should:

  • Plan for the internship several months before the semester starts (semesters usually start in September for Fall, January or February for Spring, and May for Summer).
  • Begin with a written description of the position that outlines work assignments, responsibilities, time commitment and provides background information on the organization.
  • Have a clear purpose and/or simulate a job.
  • Have an on-site mentor/supervisor that is committed to meeting with the intern on a regular basis.
  • Have a clear written agreement with the intern about expectations, responsibilities, student's learning goals for the internship, and schedule.
  • Allow students to work a significant amount of time.
  • Offer orientation to the student on the organization's mission and facilities.
  • Provide any necessary training.
  • Provide space and supplies for the student to conduct their work
  • Follow rules and guidelines established by the intern's college or university.

Resources for Locating Student Interns

All Minnesota College and Universities
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/joblistings/internpost/

Augsburg College

Stromen Center for Meaningful Work
http://www.augsburg.edu/cswl/index.html

Concordia University
Contact: Pamela Braun, Director of Career Services, 651-603-6241, pbraun@csp.edu

Hamline University
Information:
http://www.hamline.edu/hamline_info/offices_services/student_relations/studentaffairs/cdc/employers/employers.html
Forms: http://www.hamline.edu/hamline_info/offices_services/student_relations/studentaffairs/cdc/employers/job_entry_form.html
Contact: Janaya Martin, Programming and Office Coordinator, 651-523-2703, jmartin10@hamline.edu

Macalester College
http://www.macalester.edu/internship
Contact: 651-696-6128. To arrange an internship, submit a written position description via mail or fax to: Macalester College, Internship Program, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN55105

Metropolitan State University
http://www.metrostate.edu/ccbl/index.html
Contact: Jeanine Harff, 651-793-1290

St. Catherine University

Center for Community Work and Learning
Contact: Martha Malinski, 651-690-8718, mjmalinski@stkate.edu

University of St. Thomas
http://www.stthomas.edu/career/
Contact: Jennifer Kaysen-Rogers, 651-962-6762

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
http://www.hecua.org
Contact: 1-800-554-1089 or 651-659-9421 

University of MN Goldpass
http://goldpass.umn.edu/index.html

University of MN College of Liberal Arts
http://careerservices.class.umn.edu
Coordinator, Service Learning Courses: Laurel Hirt, 612-625-3344, Lhirt@adv.cla.umn.edu

University of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs
http://www.hhh.umn.edu/career/graduate_internships.html
Contact: Jane Vega, Career Services, 612-624-3800, jvega@hhh.umn.edu

University of MN Carlson School of Management
https://www.cars.csom.umn.edu/csc/default.asp
Contact: Business Career Center, 612-624-0011

University of MN School of Public Health
http://www.ahc.umn.edu/sphjobs/admin/
Contact: Sharon Goodyear, Career Services Coordinator, 612-624-6915, career@sph.umn.edu.

University of MN College of Design
http://www.cdes.umn.edu/current_students/leo/urop.html

University of MN College of Ag, Food and Environmental Sciences
http://stpaulcareers.umn.edu/internship_experience.html

University of MN Institute of Technology 
http://www.it.umn.edu/career/employers/intern_coop.html
Contact: 612-624-4090, itcs@tc.umn.edu.

University of MN School of Journalism and Mass Communication
http://www.sjmc.umn.edu/
Contact: (612) 625-9824, sjmc@umn.edu