Academic internships are carefully monitored work or service experiences in which students have clear, intentional learning goals and actively reflect on what they are learning. Often, students choose to earn college credit for performing internships, which makes them an even better idea. (At Berry
College, internships are graded on a pass/fail scale.)
Internships allow students to clarify career goals, learn specific job skills from experienced professionals, develop awareness of job responsibilities and career requirements, apply theories learned in the classroom to practical, on-the-job situations, and gain valuable experience for future
employment or admission to graduate or professional school. Even better, in 2012, the NACE Journal reported that 58 percent of internships lead to full time positions!
Any Berry College student who has completed 60 or more credit hours and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.6 is eligible to do an Academic Internship. Setting an internship up for academic credit is a straightforward process – all you have to do after securing an internship is work with a professor to
create a set of learning goals and complete an Internship Learning Agreement. For each hour of academic credit you are required to work 45 hours at your internship site. Most academic internships are approved for 3 credit hours (or at least 135 hours at the site). The Career Center is here to help students find out what’s out there and define the types of internship opportunities they might want to pursue, utilize resources to research
internship options, and complete the required paperwork for approval. It's never too early to start exploring the possibilities! Call or stop by the Career Center to get started.
Internship scholarships are available for funding various aspects of summer internships, through the generous support of Berry alumni. Applications for these competitive scholarships are available each spring semester through the Berry College Career Center. Questions may be directed to the Career Center at 706 236-2292.
The Jim Clark Internship Scholarship is awarded to students in any major who have secured an unpaid summer internship for academic credit. The scholarship will cover tuition costs associated with a 3 credit hour academic internship. For more information on deadlines and application, please contact the Berry College Career Center.
The Jack and Karen Horrell Nonprofit Internship Scholarship is awarded to students in any major that have secured an unpaid summer internship in a nonprofit, social welfare, or social service organization. The award amount will range from $1,500 to $2,000 depending on the needs of the student and the number of applicants.
For information on additional funding options for internship experiences please visit: http://www.berry.edu/academics/studentresearch/studentgrantopportunities/