Steps to a successful internship
- Make an appointment to discuss your internship placement early in the preceding semester. You may see your advisor or Cathy McDonnell, Program Coordinator.
- Bring the completed Intern application to your appointment.
- The Shriver Center is an excellent resource when looking for an internship.
- Visit UMBC Career Services before you interview for an internship. Career Services provides assistance with resumes, cover letters and mock interviews. This is key to a successful internship interview.
- Provide your internship site preceptor with the required letter of intent information.
- You will be given permission to register for HAPP 495/496 after the letter of intent from your preceptor is received.
- You cannot be on academic probation and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Students must be a senior the semester for which the internship is requested. (Senior standing is 90 credits or more).
- Internships cannot be clinical.
- All students registering for the internship must participate in a professional liability insurance plan for which you will be billed separately. The cost of the insurance is estimate to be between $20-$30 for the semester.
- The minimum semester requirement is 208 hours. Anything less than 208 hours at the placement site by the end of the semester will result in an incomplete (I) for the course.
- Internships are required to run for the entire duration of the semester in which the student intern is enrolled.
- The HAPP internship (HAPP 495) is a 5-credit course and must be taken PASS/FAIL.
- The HAPP seminar (HAPP 496), is a 1-credit graded course and meets weekly as a discussion group. This course must be taken simultaneously with HAPP 495.
- Students are encouraged to seek out internships on their own.