Frequently Asked Questions about Internships

Who can do an internship?

Unless your academic program states otherwise (i.e., PGM, PTM, etc.), Methodist University does not recommend that students apply for internships until they are beginning the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Why should I have an internship?

There are many reasons for you to participate in an internship during your studies at Methodist University. Some of these reasons include:

  • Developing crucial professional skills, including presentation, communication, networking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Gaining a clearer perspective and understanding of your career goals and objectives.
  • Earning money to cover a portion of your college expenses.
  • Earning academic credit hours towards your degree.
  • Positioning yourself to have a strategic advantage over other graduates by already having professional experience in your field.
  • Students who have participated in an internship program are, traditionally, more likely to be hired upon graduation, receive higher starting salaries and receive promotions more quickly.
  • The National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of job recruiters show that their top selection method is now internships, beating out on-campus recruiting.

How long is an internship?

Internship assignments last between 8-16 weeks on average and correspond to Methodist University’s academic semesters. Unless restricted by academic program, visa requirements, or other limitation, students may continue their internships on their own past the length of a semester as long as the student and internship company mutually agree. Students will not earn additional academic credit for the employment extension.

Students serving a part-time internship will attend classes either full or part-time and work part-time (about 12 to 20 hours per week). Part-time internships are most common during the fall and spring semesters. It is recommended that students attending classes full-time work no more than 20 to 25 hours/week in their internship.

Students serving a full-time internship (usually during the summer) will work full-time for a semester (30 or more hours per week), then resume their normal coursework the following semester.

What is the average pay rate for an internship?

Students working a paid internship must be paid at least the state or federal minimum wage (whichever is higher). In North Carolina, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour as of 2010.

What Skills Are Employers Looking For?

  • Ability to work on a team
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership potential