Earn credit in your work or volunteer setting through cooperative education courses. You can earn up to 8 credits in one area depending on time invested. Research, study projects, and weekly meetings complement your time in the community or on the job. For more information about Internship programs:



Paige Wheeler

Director, Center for Experiential Education

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Internships?

Internships offer career exploration and training in a supervised work setting and combine theory with field experience.

For each registered credit, students spend approximately 2.5 hours each week on the job.

Students may earn 3 - 8 credits per semester, with a maximum of 8 credits in any one discipline. Requirements for enrollment in Internships include previous work in the course discipline for which the internship experience is sought; completion of at least one semester at Normandale prior to enrollment in the project; good academic standing at the College; completion of the online registration and acceptance into the program.

For more information, consult the catalog descriptions for ART 2096, BIO 2096, BUSN 2096, COMM 2096, EDUC 2096, POLS 2096, PSYC 2096 and SOC 2096.

In which academic areas can I earn college credit for my Internship experience?

You can earn credits in the disciplines of Art, Business, Education, Communication, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Where can I use the credits I've earned through Internship?

You can apply credits toward several Normandale two-year degrees and certificates, and to several four-year degrees at area colleges and universities which utilize credit from Internships.

Does Normandale choose the place where I will work, when I do my Internship?

You are responsible for locating your own placement. Assistance may be provided by the supervising faculty member or the Center for Experiential Education. You will need to interview with the prospective agency before accepting the position to allow you and the agency to determine, together, if the placement is appropriate.

May I do an internship with my current employer?

It is possible, but the placement must involve new duties and experiences that produce new learning. The program does not grant credit simply because you are going to work, but because you have learned through your work experience.

Is it possible to get an internship in which I would be paid?

Sometimes that is also possible, but not always. The primary purpose is to provide you with an experience in your field of interest. Additional income would be considered a secondary benefit. For example, some non-profit agencies may be able to provide a wonderful experience working with people in need, but may not have funds to pay you. However, the experience you gain has value beyond a salary.

What are the benefits?

You gain experience which helps you to make a career decision. Because of Internships, you may find out, early in your education, that a particular career is not right for you. On the other hand, you may be able to confirm that your career decision is indeed the right one, and become even more motivated to achieve your goals. The professional experience that you gain will deserve a place on your resume, too, and may assist you in obtaining future employment.

What are the costs?

Standard per-credit fees apply to credits taken through Internships. Check the Normandale class schedule for current rates. As you compare colleges, you'll find that Normandale is truly a best value in higher education in the State of Minnesota.

If Internship is right for me, how would I get started?

Please go to Center for Experiential Education for the instructions on how to get started.

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