university internship program (uip) orientationWebinar Transcript
Learn about Internship programs offered through the
• The University Internship Program (UIP)
To understand options for earning academic credit with
Identify best practices for having a great internship
University Internship Program Orientation
Why are internships important?
→ Better understanding of your major
→ A stronger grad school application
→ Possible full-time job offer after graduation
→ A reference or letter of recommendation
→ Robust professional network
→ A competitive resume
Internship Stat: According to the NACE 2010
Student Survey the median accepted salary
offer for seniors with an internship was
$45,301—nearly 31% higher than the
$34,601 median accepted salary offer to
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University Internship Program
Requires a minimum of
100 hours of work at an
internship site during the quarter you
participate in UIP.
Year in school Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or
Internships do not need
to be related your major.
Pay Positions can be paid or
Earn up to 24 academic
credits by enrolling in all
How can I earn credit for an internship?
To earn academic credit for an internship, you take an academic internship
course at DePaul while working at your internship.
Earning credit for an internship or job is one of many ways to fulfill the
Experiential Learning Requirement at DePaul.
Each course is 4 credits. It is not recommended that you take an internship
course as a 5th class as it tends to be a very busy quarter!
Other methods of earning experiential learning credit include:
• Community-based service learning courses
• Study abroad courses
• Academic seminar courses
Employers like to see 2-3 internships on your resume (or at least one
comprehensive long-term internship) by the time you graduate.
To enroll into a course for credit, your internship, job or
volunteer experience must meet the following UIP
1. It’s a significant position- no more than 25% clerical
2. You need a supervisor or mentor
3. Work at least 10 hrs a week /100 hrs per qtr.
4. You must take your UIP class and intern at the same
time to earn credit.
University Internship Program Standards
YOU MET AT
A JOB FAIR
Building a Network via Internships
Internship Tip: If you use
LinkedIn as a networking
tool, make it a goal for
yourself to add your
internship network (fellow
interns, your managers,
colleagues from other
departments) to your
account at the end of the
internship. Don’t do it the
first week of the job! Wait
until you have an
Research key people and projects. Ask yourself:
– “What types of projects will I be working on?”
– “Will I be working in a team setting? How can I effectively communicate and set
goals with my supervisor?”
– “If I finish my work early, is there a long-term project I can contribute to?”
– If you accept an internship or job… don’t keep interviewing for other positions!
– Return phone calls & emails promptly for interviews.
Make internship goals for yourself
– Be specific, volunteer for events and to observe meetings.
– Treat your internship like a full-time job to increase your chance of it turning
Internship Tips: Leave a good impression
• Don’t gossip in the office…ever
• Keep in mind you will likely be
working with people from different
• Be mindful of using social media or
your phone on the job
• Give as much notice as possible
when calling off work or requesting
vacation. Don’t send an email at the
last minute, talk to someone.
• Get help if needed, that includes
help from your manager or the
Career Center. We are here to help!
Internship Pitfalls: Avoid common mistakes
Bob needs to
chill out! Cranky
boss alert! Bob is my
• It was a pleasure working with and mentoring SuperIntern, her reliability was off the
charts. Her outgoing personality and genuine interest in people enabled her to a smooth
develop a rapport with everyone-ranging from working professionals to my 10-year-old
son. She was a welcome addition to our staff.
• SuperIntern is very dependable and is always willing to jump in wherever needed even if
it means coming in on the weekend or staying for an evening
• SuperIntern has not missed any days of her internship
that were not previously discussed weeks in advance.
Actual quotes from employers on having a
Image from CIPR and London Metropolitan Internship Competitions.
• SuperIntern worked extremely well with others. She grasped
the concept of financial planning and how our database
makes us more efficient. Had a great attitude and wanted to
learn as much as she could.
• SuperIntern always meets any structured deadline I assign. He
is proactive in creating and researching new ideas and
projects. He always asks questions and has a positive attitude
when working on a difficult project or a heavy workload.
Actual quotes from employers on
having a “supervillain Intern”
• Needs a lot of direction and not able to get things done on his
own. Not able to problem solve.
• Supervillain Intern had an attitude problem at the beginning
of the internship. I don’t believe the internship was what he
expected coming in, and he exuded a negative attitude. He felt
entitled, and was unwilling to work his way up to more exciting
projects which we would have liked him to participate in.
• Supervillain Intern had a poor work ethic. During midterms she decided
to email me an hour after her shift started saying she would not be
coming in that week due to midterms. This was something she could have
given me ample warning about.
• Needs to take initiative to ask if he can assist others in the office.
• Supervillain Intern needs to work on how to create a professional e-mail.
She tends to forget about small things such as a greeting or salutation or
a title. She often sends emails with grammar mistakes to donors and it
reflects poorly on the entire organization.
A note about UIP academic internship courses…
All UIP courses are 4 credit courses and fulfill JYEL or elective
You can take multiple UIP classes with one internship or
with new internships in future quarters.
UIP courses meet 4 or 5 times a quarter in the evening.
There are several sections that are offered online only. D2L
participation is required.
All classes will help you prepare for your career.
You can request a syllabus from an Internship Advisor or via
email@example.com if you would like more information on a course
UIP 250 – You, Your Work & The World
***Some sections of this course are completely online
Course Description: This course is for students who wish to integrate work and learning.
Students will learn about societal and world issues and gain valuable career planning skills,
including the creation of a career e-portfolio. This course offers online sections as well as hybrid
sections that meet five times per quarter.
Final Project: Career Portfolio and Presentation
Design your own career portfolio to personally brand yourself to prospective employers. The
high-impact Career Portfolio should be in electronic format and highlight the following aspects:
Work results, academic/work/personal achievements, your value as a team member, and how
your efforts contributed to your organization’s overall success.
Present your career portfolio to a class audience of “prospective hiring managers.”
You will have the opportunity to deliver a 5-10 minute oral presentation of your Career Portfolio
UIP 251 – Values-Based Leadership
Course Description: In UIP251 students will learn about the principles and practices of effective
leadership through the study of leadership topics and by researching visionary leaders. Students
will also strengthen key leadership skills, apply those skills at their internship sites and identify
ways to be a leader in a potential career. This is a hybrid course the meets five times per
Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Career and Leadership Action Plan
Develop a PowerPoint presentation in which you walk us into your future career. Your
PowerPoint should: (1) introduce the intention of your presentation; (2) address the content of
your Career and Leadership Action Plan; (3) state the academic, leadership and career
development skills necessary for achieving your career goals; (4) clarify the values associated
with your new career; (5) state your career’s connectivity to our society.
UIP 252 – Creativity In the Workplace
Course Description: UIP252 examines creative innovations related to invention, leadership,
advertising and marketing, teaming concepts and collaboration, and the drive behind
entrepreneurship. This is a hybrid class that meets five times per quarter.
Final Project: Power Point & Power Point Review Forum
Referring to Beyond Bullet Points, prepare a creative power point presentation that focuses on a
future creative of change within your field of interest. The content of your power point should
be directed to a specific audience and it should introduce a new idea in a persuasive, engaging
UIP 253 – Public Service Careers
Course Description: Public Service Careers involve working with organizations that produce a
public good. Those organizations may be nonprofits (providing low-income housing, or
supporting the arts, e.g.); community organizing groups; foundations, which typically provide
funding; unions; and the local, state and federal governments. Students will familiarize
themselves with career options and gain valuable networking opportunities. This hybrid course
will meet five times per quarter.
Final Project: Public Sector Presentation
Think of a public or societal concern to you and develop a way to address the issue through the
creation of one of the following entities: a nonprofit organization, a foundation, a branch of
government, a union, or a for-profit company that provides a public service that you believe can
have a valuable impact in addressing the issue.
For more info on government jobs & internships visit: www.makingthedifference.org
UIP 254 – Corporate Social Responsibility
Course Description: Students will examine their own internship experiences, along with real
world case studies, research, and commentary, to learn about the critical decision-making
processes organizations address as they balance competitive advantages against the weight of
social progress. This is an online course.
Final project: PowerPoint and Presentation Discussion
Corporate Social Responsibility Power Point Project: Prepare a vivid & highly persuasive power
point presentation in which you create a NEW socially responsible relationship between a
company or firm of your interest & its local, national, or global reach. Pretend this power point
would be presented to the "decision makers" at the designated company or firm of your
Power Point Presentation Discussion: Go to "Discussion Forum" and post your presentation for
your classmates to review and comment on. With your classmates, enter into an evaluative
discussion about each other's projects.
UIP 350– Navigating the Changing Workplace
Course Description: UIP350 is an online course, where students use their current work
experience to examine and report on key issues impacting their organizations and personal work
lives. Students will study internal and external factors affecting their work environment,
traditional and virtual work arrangements, the increased influence of technology, as well as
ethical questions and leadership styles. They will also develop interviewing and networking
skills. Requirements for UIP350 enrollment are more than three years of work experience, or an
already-completed department or UIP internship course.
Final Project: Final Paper
Review your Personal Career Plan from our first Discussion post. As you reflect on your
internship, other outside experiences and knowledge gained throughout this quarter, create a
fully developed Action Plan to achieve the objectives you set in Step 1. Consider incorporating
some of our forum topics, i.e., change management, leadership, ethics, virtual work
environments, social media and/or social responsibility into your plan.
UIP 367– Global Perspectives
Course Description: Global Perspectives is designed to support students’ developing viewpoints
and experiential reflections during an intensive internship in Honduras. Students will explore
case studies, commentary, research, and personal interviews in order to draw conclusions and
apply what they’ve learned to their own future careers.
Final Project: Experiential Learning PowerPoint Project
The student should develop a power point presentation in which he/she creates a visual and
written description of three to five significant experiences during his/her Global Brigades trip to
Honduras. The visuals can include photos of work being done individually or in teams of people
who helped on the project, before and after photos, or other images that demonstrate skills,
successes, or developmental changes.
1. Have an internship & want to earn credit? Submit a proposal at:
2. Receive an “approved” proposal. This means your manager has responded to our
confirmation email. We send a confirmation email as soon as you officially submit your
3. Once you have an approved proposal, you will need to officially enroll into a course. To
enroll, Send your top 3 UIP course choices (please include the course section you would
like) and student ID to:
Example Enrollment email:
My name is John Smith, and my student ID is 1234567. My top 3 UIP enrollment choices
are listed below in order of preference:
1. UIP 250 – section 201
2. UIP 250 – section 204
3. UIP 253 – section 101
Next steps to Enrolling into an Internship Course
Thank you for watching the University Internship Program Orientation.
To receive credit for watching this orientation, please complete the
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DePaul University Internship Program