Arts & Science Internships: Student Information

All students in the College of Arts & Sciences are encouraged to complete at least one internship experience prior to undergraduate graduation. For those that pursue a graduate degree, two or more internships or related experiences should be completed before their Masters/PHD graduation.

Keep in mind an internship is meant to be a meaningful experience related to your field of interest. Identify skills needed for your career goals and seek a position that will allow you the opportunity to build those desired skills. Related experiences, even without the job title of “intern”, are also helpful and can include externship, experiential learning opportunity, study abroad, summer job, job shadowing, part-time job, co-op, student assistant, research participation, and volunteer work in your field of study. Any experience working or volunteering in a position or with a project related to a student’s major is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate resume.

Types of Internships/summer positions:

Research/Lab Work
Computer Science/ IT
Political/Governmental
Field Work
Musical Performance
Medical Job Shadowing

Academic Credit

There are no A&S majors that require internship but students may choose to enroll in an independent study course or A&S 3701 to receive course credit. Academic credit is awarded on an individual basis, and evaluated by each department differently. Some internship employers require academic credit, and it does not matter if the position was paid or unpaid in order to receive academic credit. Students seeking academic credit for their internship experiences must visit with their individual Departmental Advisor and enroll in the appropriate course for their area of study.  In most cases this must be approved with your Academic Department before the internship begins

A&S 3710 - Arts & Sciences Internship

1-3 credits. 6 maximum.
Prerequisite: Junior standing
Practicum or internship experience not included in departmental offerings.

For more details please see the Step by Step Instructions on how to enroll in A&S 3710. An A&S faculty member must sponsor you and provide you with a sponsoring contract to attach to your A&S 3710 Enrollment Application.

Career Services

Since A&S majors vary greatly, there is no single path to purse for a student seeking an internship experience. It is highly suggested that each student visit with a Career Coordinator to talk about options, timelines, and employers. An individual appointment will allow specific information to be shared related to each student’s major, academic status, industry interests and level of experience so that the student can be given targeted information based on their career goals.

To schedule an appointment visit: http://cascareers.okstate.edu.

You can also find a list of employers and internships online at http://hireosugrads.com