The internship experience may be paid or unpaid,
on or off-campus. What distinguishes an internship from a short-term
job or volunteer work? Intentional learning takes place in the form
of a self-directed learning contract through the student’s enrollment
in an academic internship course at Hope or
an approved off-campus
academic program outside of west Michigan.
Due to the academic nature of internships at Hope, retroactive credit will not
be granted for internships already completed.
Employers may submit internship postings to Hope College using
Campus Employers Enter Here" link on the Hope
College JobStop website.
Internships posted on Job Stop are approved by the college as credit
worthy. Students wanting to earn credit for an internship they found
on their own, not through Job Stop, must submit a form for approval
before registering for credit.
Internship Approval Form
A Hope College internship involves
- an academic course emphasizing depth of learning within an applied
setting for which students receive a grade and academic credit listed
on their Hope College transcript.
- an applied experience that occurs onsite at a placement outside of
the department from which credit is given.
- three hours onsite per week over the course of at least
one semester or summer for every credit of internship
along with time invested in course meetings and writing.
The student intern has
- an on-site supervisor with expertise in the area consistent with
the department from whom the credit is given, and with whom regularly
scheduled supervision meetings occur.
- a professor who oversees the internship, making contact with the
onsite supervisor and student, assigning and evaluating readings and
written assignments, and meeting or communicating on a regular basis
with the student to stimulate reflections about one’s vocation
The student may be required to complete
- a contract in collaboration with the onsite supervisor
and professor that includes learning objectives and strategies for obtaining them,
site expectations for intern behavior, and a plan for supervision from
the onsite supervisor.
- ethics and liability agreements regarding appropriate and inappropriate
conduct, as well as risk management.
- a project mutually agreed upon by the professor, supervisor, and
The internship site provides
information regarding internship opportunities, please contact
the Career Development Center. Assistant
Director of Career Development, Sarah McCoy, welcomes the opportunity
to meet with
you and discuss
strategies for planning
an internship as well as to discuss internships not reflected in the Hope
College JobStop list of postings.
- a clear job/project description for the internship experience,
with work of an administrative nature comprising no more than 50% of
the intern's time.
- an orientation for the student to the organization, its “culture” and
intern work assignment(s).
- assistance in development of the intern’s learning objectives
and learning contract.
- feedback to the student through regularly scheduled supervision meetings.
- formal written evaluation(s) of the student using the format provided
by the professor.