Defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers,
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Internships for Academic Credit
A student who wishes to enroll in an internship may do so by engaging a supervising faculty member, completing a contract in association with that faculty member, securing approval of the dean, and registering through the Records Office. Internship forms should be completed no later than the first week of the semester in which the student is interning.
Credits earned, internship requirements, mandatory projects, and class meetings vary by department. Please remember that if a student plans on completing an internship for academic credit, he or she is responsible for meeting the financial responsibilies related to enrolling for the internship course. Please see information in the Academic Catalog for internship requirements for each major and contact the academic department to get started!
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences includes the following areas:
- Fine Arts and Communication Studies
- History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies
- Languages, Literature & Composition
- Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women's Studies
- Child Advocacy Studies
College of Science and Technology
Jeannie M. Chapman, Ph.D., Interim Dean
The College of Science and Technology includes the following areas:
- Informatics and Engineering Systems
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Watershed Ecology Center
George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
Advising and Career Enrichment Services
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, at the Spartanburg and Greenville campuses. Students may pursue one of six concentrations within the program:
- General Business Administration
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Laura K. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education, Human Performance, and Health
To ensure the safety and proper coordination of internships abroad, all students interested in an internship outside the United States should contact the Center for International Studies.
Director of the Center for International Studies
Burroughs Building 115
This area includes:
- Center for International Studies
- Minor in International Studies
- World Languages Institute
- Study Abroad
- Global Discovery Program
- Upstate International
Internships Not for Academic Credit
Non-credit bearing internships still provide students with professional and personal growth and enhance career competencies. These may include internships posted on SpartanCareer Link, promoted at the Internship Fair or other career fair, or independently sought after by a student. These internships may or may not be paid. Students are not charged tuition for these internships since there is no academic credit attached to the internship.
Career Services can help students in their search for non-academic credit internships. Please note that Career Services cannot guarantee placement into internships, but we can help students during each step with searching, preparing, applying, and interviewing for internship opportunities!
Looking for an Intern from USC Upstate?
Do you have a project you have been meaning to tackle, but just don't have the time? Interested in hearing ideas from a different perspective? Want to introduce your organization to the future talent pool?
Consider turning a project into an internship, allowing a student to gain hands-on experience in the professional world, while adding to his or her academic experience. Whether it be redesigning a website, collecting and analyzing data, or translating documents into Spanish, we can help you find the right match for your needs!
If you are interested in creating, developing, or promoting an internship with your company or organization, please contact us at 864-503-5392.