Internships and Academic Credit for Experiential Learning

The average reported wage for internships in 2017-18 was $12.70

Students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences completed internships in 28 different states and 4 international locations last year

Access the full Internship Guide Report for Summer 2017 - Spring 2018 to learn more about where our students have been and the amazing employers hiring them

finding an internship

  • Start to look for internships for Summer, beginning in October. Start getting your resume prepared and keep your eyes and ears open in classes, etc to learn about unique opportunities. Plan to attend the career expo events. Use the career related links page to help start your search with organizations to get ideas what might be a good fit for you. Internships in this field will start to be posted typically in January, but some will post in the Autumn. Around 75% or more of the employers we work with have interviewed and completed their summer hires by March.
  • When you are ready to apply, you will want to have a resume put together. Use the templates and info found here to start your draft. Then visit with one of our career advisors to have it reviewed.
  • Would you like to earn academic credit for your experience? EEDS and NRM students have an experiential credit requirement for graduation and one of the ways to satisfy that requirement is through an internship. Read below about the process for applying for academic credit for a work experience.
  • Use this template to help you track your internship process. It will help you to visually see application deadlines, locations and organize your next steps.

Internship search tracking spreadsheet

Looking at all of the amazing internships available is often overwhelming. Trying to keep track of who you have called, emailed, and met as well as application deadlines requires good organization skills so you don't miss out on any opportunities. Use this form to help you organize your search process.

Internship credit is available to ENR students by permission only via ENR 2191 and ENR 4191. These credits may be used as elective hours. Students may opt to use ENR 2191 / 4191 to fulfill specialization credit hours but will need to meet with their faculty advisor to obtain approval for the degree audit.

Natural Resources Management and EEDS majors have an experiential credit requirement of 2 semester hours. Internships are a great way to fulfill that credit requirement.
 
ENR 2191 awards 1 credit hour for students participating in a part time internship. This experience must be a minimum of 10 weeks and requires a student to work a minimum of 180 hours.
 
ENR 4191 awards 2 credit hours for students participating in a full time internship. This experience must be a minimum of 10 weeks and requires a student to work 36+ hours per week. (or 360+ hours of contact time).
 

How to Register for Credit

Students must register for credit PRIOR to their work experience beginning. The course is by permission only and a personal meeting allows for us to discuss the appropriateness of the experience, sign their internship contract, and review their required assignments.
 
An official letter of employment verification is needed to be eligible for enrollment on company letterhead from the hiring agent OR in lieu, we will accept an email direct from the supervisor / hiring agent to the career services office attention at senr@osu.edu. That letter must state:
  • Job title
  • Job duties
  • Start and end dates of employment
  • Number of hours expected to work per week
Students must make an appointment to visit with ENR Career Services in order to register for the course. You can make the appointment by calling the SENR front desk at 614-292-2265. Please bring your employment verification letter to your registration appointment or have it mailed or emailed directly to ENR Career Services, ATTN: Career Counselor, 2021 Coffey Road, 210 Kottman Hall, Columbus, OH 43210, e-mail: senr@osu.edu.
 
You will also need at your registration appointment: 
  • Contact information for your supervisor
  • Your contact information while on experience
  • Name of your faculty advisor (if you don’t have a faculty advisor yet, meet with Susie Burks in 210 KH to be assigned)

Students interning over the summer will have the internship course added to their autumn semester schedule. During the summer, students will have several assignments to complete. When they return autumn semester, they will have additional assignments to conclude their course. Students will utilize Carmen to submit assignments over the summer and through autumn semester. This course is graded on a pass / fail basis. 

The assignments given are:
  1. Learning Objectives. Students are required to develop 5 learning objectives that fit in with their experience to help develop new skills or understanding of their industry area. These should be reviewed with the internship supervisor who will help a student reach these goals.
  2. Internship Summaries.
    • Digital Internship Story : Create a 1 minute video about your experience
    • Mid-point Summary : a quick check-in after you've settled into the job
    • Final Summary: Due at the completion of your internship experience, a 2 page, and single spaced summary detailing your entire overall experience. This final summary should include:
      • Your final thoughts on how your duties were managed and carried out
      • How your experience aligned and met with your 5 learning objectives prepared at the beginning of your experience with your faculty mentor
  3. Personal and Professional Evaluations. The Personal evaluation is for the student to complete and evaluate the quality of experience with that employer. The Professional evaluation is for the supervisor to complete as a performance review with the student.
  4. Faculty Mentor Meeting. Students are required to have a meeting with their faculty advisor upon their return from their experience. Students should be prepared to debrief their faculty mentor about their experience, review their learning objectives and present their poster and/or power point presentation. 
  5. Internship Presentation (poster or power point). AU and SP internships are required to create a presentation for the ENR 1100 class. SU internships will participate in the Internship Forum poster presentation held in October. See the course content for additional information based on the semester you are enrolled. 
Students can learn more about where to find internships here.
 

Students traveling internationally for academic or co-curricular purposes:

All Ohio State students traveling to international locations for academic or co-curricular purposes are required to enroll in the university's supplemental travel insurance. This includes service and volunteer, undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, international internships or independent study as part of their academic program are required to enroll separately in the university's supplemental travel insurance. Approval for your internship credit will not be granted or any other graduation requirement unless you are covered by this insurance.

Please refer to the Office of International Affairs for additional information.