Aurora University

Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure whether or not an internship is for you? Read through these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to see if your question is asked. If you still have questions, contact us.

Question: Can unpaid internships be listed on my resume? 
Answer: Yes. All experience that is relevant to your career goals and future opportunities should be listed on your resume. In fact, many students include a separate section titled "Internship Experience" to demonstrate their applied learning experiences. Consider additional unpaid opportunities like relevant coursework, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and community experience. 
 
Question: Can I earn course credit and be paid at my internship?
Answer: Yes. Earning credit towards your degree and being compensated by your employer are two different matters. Internships come in all shapes and sizes, including varying degrees of compensation. 
 
Question: Can my past work experience count for internship credit? 
Answer: No. Internship credit can't be retroactively earned. In addition to completing the required number of hours (200+ hours for undergraduate, 300+ hours for graduate internships), coursework through Moodle and faculty mentoring is concurrently completed during the internship experience.

Question: When can I complete an internship for credit?
Answer: During any semester. The internship course is offered every semester: fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Question: Will you help me find an internship?
Answer: Ultimately, you are responsible for locating and securing your internship. We can help. We have several people across campus who are more than happy to help you search and apply for internships in addition to resume review and interview preparation. You can schedule an appointment to meet with our Career Services team for any of the aforementioned services. The university can provide information and tools to help, but locating and securing an internship is ultimately your responsibility. 

Question: How do I know if an opportunity will count for credit?
Answer: 
You will need to complete an Internship Application for the university to review. Without application materials completed and a review conducted by our team, we aren't able to determine if your opportunity qualifies for credit. To learn more about the application process, click here.

Question: Can I work for my family's business?
Answer:
Yes, but you can't report to a family member, spouse, or individual that may present a conflict of interest during your internship for credit. Your site supervisor (the person you will be reporting to during your internship) will evaluate your performance at the end of the semester. 

Question: I'm a double major. Will one internship course count for both of my majors? 
Answer: No. The internship course includes coursework and 200+ hours of internship experience specific to one academic major. If you are a double major, please work with your Student Success Advisor to determine the best way to meet the degree requirements for each major.

Question: Do I need an internship to graduate?
Answer: Maybe. Please work with your Student Success Advisor to determine whether or not you need to complete an internship to graduate.