Queens University of Charlotte places special emphasis on internships. An internship is a planned and supervised out-of-class work experience where a student uses the skills, knowledge, and theories developed in the classroom setting in a real-world professional work environment. Queens University of Charlotte pays special attention to the integration of the work experience in order to form a strong connection between theory and practice, study and work and academics and experience.
Typically during the sophomore year, prior to the internship experience, students complete a preparation course, INT 201 Career Connections, which prepares the students for their internships. After successful completion of INT 201, students seek out internships in coordination with the Manager of Internships. To receive academic credit for an internship, the student must enroll in INT 401, 402 OR 403 and also submit an internship contract to the Manager of Internships.
Students majoring in education, music therapy and nursing will fulfill the internship requirement (INT 201, INT 401 and INT 402 OR INT 403) through practicum experiences in their major. Participation in a 4 credit hour international internship will also satisfy the internship requirement (schedule a meeting with The Center for International Education for more details).
INT 201 is a graded course, while INT 401, 402 and 403 are taken on a Pass-Fail basis. INT 404 allows students to gain 1-6 credit hours of additional internship experience beyond the INT 401 and INT 402 OR INT 403 courses. INT 404 is graded Pass-Fail.
INT 201 Career Connections
Career Connections: The course begins the career development process through directed professional readings, projects, and discussions. To provide a framework for practical preparation of internships, the course also facilitates self-assessment, acquisition of presentation skills, writing of resumes and cover letters and interviewing practice. This course should normally be taken during the sophomore year. INT 201 is a prerequisite to the professional internship courses at Queens. 2 hrs.
INT 401 Professional Internship I
Professional Internship I: This course enables students to make a strong connection between theory and practice, study and work. To enroll in INT 401, students complete and sign a learning contract with a chosen internship site. Requirements include the completion of 86 work hours, reflective papers, and class meetings. This course should normally be taken in the fall semester of the junior year, but as long as a student has successfully completed INT 201 they are eligible for this course. Pass/Fail. 2 hrs.
INT 402 Professional Internship II
Professional Internship II: For most students, INT 402 is a follow up course to INT 401, completed at the same internship site. Requirements include completion of 86 additional work hours, reflective papers, class meetings, and an oral presentation at the end of the semester. Students usually take INT 402 the semester following the completion of INT 401. Pass/Fail. 2 hrs.
INT 403 Extended Professional Internship
Extended Professional Internship: Students who wish to fulfill the internship requirement at one internship site for extended hours participate in comprehensive academic coursework and extended onsite internship work in order to further make connections between the workplace, industry trends and professional development. 172 onsite internship hours in addition to coursework. This course fulfills the requirements of INT 401 and 402. Approval of the internship site and terms must be given by Internship & Career Programs. Prerequisite: INT 201. Pass/Fail. 4 hrs
INT 404 Professional Internship III
Professional Internship III: This course allows students to gain additional internship experience beyond the INT 401 and INT 402 OR INT 403 courses. Students will be able to make a stronger connection between theory, practice and/or explore additional career opportunities and organizations that might be a better fit for their interests, skills and values. This course is also the option for nursing, education, music therapy and transfer students with 36 plus hours. The prerequisites for this course are INT 401 and 402 OR INT 403. The prerequisites for transfer students with 36 plus hours, nursing, education and music therapy majors is INT 201. Pass/Fail. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 1- 6 hrs.
INT 405 Professional Internship
Professional Internship: This course enables Hayworth College students to make a strong connection between theory and practice, study and work. It is designed for a student who has significant previous work experience and hopes to gain experience and skills in a new work environment. Students will work 130 hours for 3 hours of academic credit (86 for 2 hours and 43 for 1 hour of credit). Attendance at monthly seminars, reflection papers, and a final paper and presentation are required of each student. Approval of the internship site must be given by the Blair House for Internships and Career Programs. Pass/Fail. 1-3 hrs.