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Internship Criteria

When you pursue an internship through the Otterbein Internship Program, you will work closely with a faculty internship sponsor and on-site work supervisor to plan the internship experience.

The following factors characterize this type of internship:

  • You will receive academic credit for the internship; you must pay tuition for this credit based on the credit hours attempted.
  • You must be in good academic standing. Generally student interns must have a junior or senior status and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 is preferred, but the final decision about participation rests with the individual academic department.
  • Together you, a faculty sponsor and the on-site work supervisor will develop a learning contract that outlines mutual intentions and educational and work expectations for the internship.
  • You will receive a grade for your internship.
  • Your performance is officially evaluated at various stages during the experience.
  • Some additional academic work may be assigned by the faculty advisor to help tie academic learning with "real world" work experience.

Receiving Academic Credit

  • A maximum of 16 semester hours of internship credit may be counted toward degree requirements at Otterbein.
  • For each credit hour you earn, 42 hours of work or work-related activities must be completed over the semester. Therefore, a full-time intern registers for 16 semester hours and is expected to spend 45-48 hours per week on activities specified in the learning contract. These hours include both "on-the-job" tasks and "off-the-job" tasks such as reading, journaling, research, etc.
3 hours per week x 14 weeks = 1 semester credit
15 hours per week x 14 weeks = 5 semester credits
30 hours per week x 14 weeks = 10 semester credits
48 hours per week x 14 weeks or 45 hours per week x 15 weeks = 16 credits

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The role of the CCPD

  • The role of your faculty sponsor

  • The role of the intern

  • The role of the supervisor

The intern, faculty sponsor and intern supervisor should all be familiar with the policies, procedures and guidelines outlined in the Otterbein Internship Manual. If you have questions or concerns, please email career@otterbein.edu or call 614-823-1456.

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/ Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development is located on the corner of S. Grove and
W. Home streets near the Campus Center and behind "The Rock."

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walk-In Hours
M-F: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ryan Brechbill, Executive Director
e/ rbrechbill@otterbein.edu

Taylor Lowry, Assistant Director
e/ tsutton@otterbein.edu

Meagan Toohey, Career Advisor
e/ toohey1@otterbein.edu

Sara Yinger, Administrative Assistant
e/ syinger@otterbein.edu

p/ 614.823.1456
f/ 614.823.3052

Center for Career & Professional Development
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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