What is an Honors Internship?
Internships can help students acquire new knowledge and skills through engaging in intensive, organized learning experiences outside of the classroom. Internships require students to learn and participate in the practical applications of their discipline directly and to make meaningful professional contacts. Honors Internships will provide Honors College students with the opportunity to enroll in an Honors course and receive Honors credit for their participation in a supervised internship experience. Students will work with an organization, agency, or other designated entity to develop a project and a scope of work that shall be completed to fulfill the requirements of the internship.
Students may only enroll in Honors Internships for a specialized, limited employment-based opportunity that is specially monitored and constructed to produce specific academic outcomes. Thus, regular employment that a student may have outside of coursework is not eligible to be an Honors Internship. Honors Internships may only coincide with employment (compensated or not) engaged specifically for the learning and credit that comes from the defined experience.
Students must work a minimum of 150 hours within the selected organization or entity during the semester to receive three hours Honors credit for the internship. Students who wish to enroll in an Honors Internship for one semester will enroll in HON 275; students who are enrolling for a second semester of Honors Internship credit will enroll in HON 375.
How do I create and enroll in an Honors Internship course?
As Honors Internship credit hours only count as elective Honors hours and will not count towards your major or minor, you need to be sure that you have the right academic needs for participating in an Honors Internship course. If you feel that you do, you should discuss these needs with Dr. Clay Motley, the Honors College’s Assistant Director for Academics. Dr. Motley cannot find internship opportunities for you; rather, once you have located an appropriate internship opportunity, Dr. Motley can advise you as to whether this internship can be completed for Honors credit He can also discuss with you in detail how an Honors Internship course is structured and its academic requirements. Additionally, you should meet with the Honors College’s Academic Advisor to discuss how an Honors Internship course affects your plan for completing the Honors College curriculum.
Along with the Honors Internship Application, please submit on official letterhead of the sponsoring organization or entity a signed statement from your internship supervisor stating: 1) confirmation that you have been accepted to participate in this internship, 2) all duties associated with the internship, 3) the amount of hours total you will serve in the internship, 4) the amount of hours per week you will serve for the internship, 5) the start and completion dates of the internship, 6) names and contact information of relevant supervisors, and 7) compensation (if any) for duties performed.
What is the deadline to submit the Honors Internship Application?
Students must gain Honors College approval for an Honors Internship by the final day to register for a full-semester course during the semester in which the student wishes to enroll in the Honors Internship course. Please see the WKU Academic Affairs calendar homepage for this date.
Therefore, all requested materials, including the application form and statement from the sponsoring organization, must be submitted to the Honors College at least one week prior to this deadline to give the Honors College appropriate time to evaluate and potentially approve these documents. Students are strongly advised to work with Dr. Motley at least one month in advance prior to the date they wish to enroll in the Honors Internship course.
How will I be evaluated for an Honors Internship course?
The organization or entity sponsoring the Honors internship will confirm to the Honors College in writing, upon completion of the internship period, if the student successfully completed all requirements and duties of the internship to their satisfaction. Additionally, the student will submit an Honors Internship Completion Report evaluating the academic value of the project. The Honors College’s faculty sponsor will evaluate this material, and a letter grade will be assigned accordingly. Please see the Honors Internship Completion Report for a detailed description of the required report.
As you apply for the Honors Internship, please be sure to carefully read the Honors Internship Completion Report to ensure that you are aware of what assignments you will need to complete as part of your grade for this course.