CERTIFIED INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CIP)
The Certified Internship Program serves to provide students with a framework to enhance knowledge and experience learned in the classroom through their paid or unpaid internship experiences. It is open to students in all majors and all departments, currently enrolled at UNCW, who meet the eligibility requirements (see STEP 1: HOW DO I QUALIFY?).
The CIP will not attempt to replace credit-bearing (or “for-credit”) internships. Rather, the program targets any and all UNCW students who are seeking or have secured an internship position corresponding to an academic term* (fall, spring, summer) but are not eligible (or choose not) to receive academic credit, either because they have already fulfilled their curriculum requirement relating to this experience, or for any other reason that the internship cannot or does not satisfy an academic course requirement through University Studies or an academic department.
Impactful learning will be achieved by the student through a number of exercises and assignments, including: setting intentional and appropriate learning objectives with the on-site supervisor, engaging in critical reflection both written and verbal to process the experience, participating in activities and workshops to excel in career development, meeting with the on-site supervisor for a formal evaluation at the conclusion of the internship, and delivering a culminating presentation to articulate one’s overall learning experience.
*NOTE: Students who have a winter internship can choose to complete a CIP over winter term by special exception. Please contact the Career Center for further details.
STEP 1: HOW DO I QUALIFY? (Must meet all 4 steps)
- I will participate in the CIP during the same semester as I participate in my internship (Fall, Spring, or Summer are acceptable terms*).
- I am a current student, my cumulative GPA = 2.50 or greater, and I am in good academic standing with UNCW.
- I will complete a minimum of 50 total hours in my internship experience, over the course of 5 weeks or more.
- I have reviewed the following to confirm that my internship meets the criteria set by UNCW –
- Checklist for UNCW Internships - For unpaid internships, see also the “If Unpaid” section
You may not participate in the Certified Internship Program (CIP) if you are receiving academic credit for the same internship experience. Please check with your academic department's internship supervisor to see if your internship is eligible for-credit. This list is found on our Internships page under "Internship Coordinators by Dept".
STEP 2: Application
- Complete the CIP Application.
- E-mail a screenshot of your Degree Audit from SeaNet to Sarah Crockett (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes:
- Your name
- Date the report was run
- Your current cumulative (overall) GPA
What happens next: Once all materials are received (from steps 1 and 2 above), the CIP Coordinator will respond within 2 business days and will notify you if you are accepted or if any further information is needed. Once enrolled, you will have access to the course materials via Blackboard.
- Do you have an internship (paid or unpaid) lined up for the upcoming semester (or are you extending an internship from a previous semester)?
- Do you hold a leadership position in a campus club or Greek organization with an opportunity to enhance professional skills?
If so, read through "How to Enroll" and send in your application by the semester deadline.
The most frequently asked question regarding the CIP is "will this count for credit?". The answer is two-fold:
- The CIP does not grant academic credit
- The CIP does satisfy the Explorations Beyond the Classroom requirement (applicable for students who entered in Fall 2012 or later), assuming the student completes all requirements of the CIP.
The QUESTIONS to ask yourself before enrolling in the CIP:
- Are you required by your academic major to complete an internship for credit?
- Be sure to consult with your appropriate course catalog, academic advisor or department chair regarding your internship to determine if a "for-credit" is required for your major.
- If required, then see the next bullet below.
- Are you eligible to receive academic credit for your internship experience?
- We always recommend this option first over the CIP, if eligible. Consult with your academic advisor or department chair regarding to internship to see if you can receive academic credit for the experience.
- My internship is not eligible for academic credit. Now what?
- Review "STEP 1: HOW DO I QUALIFY?" to see if you are eligible to enroll in the CIP
- What if I have further questions?
- Contact a CIP Coordinator and we are happy to work with you!
The Career Center is able to help! While the CIP is meant for students who already have an internship secured, we are able to assist students in their internship search (whether the internship is paid/unpaid, for-credit/CIP/non-credit, etc.):
- Start with our Internship Resources to find an internship related to your career goal.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor by calling (910) 962-3174, or stop by during our Career Express hours
- It's FREE!
- Satisfies Explorations Beyond the Classroom transcript requirement
- List the Official UNCW Certification on your résumé and/or LinkedIn profile.
- Participate in Career Development Workshops on skillfully crafting your résumé, interviewing, portfolios, and managing your internship.
- Receive one-on-one career coaching throughout your internship with a Career Center CIP Coordinator/Career Development Counselor.
The workload of the CIP (seen below) can be compared to that of a 1- or 2- credit academic course. All work is completed on Blackboard and each assignment is graded on a 10-point scale. Our recommendation for success - treat it like a class, and you will do well!
Complete each of the following items to ensure completion of Certification Program.
- Internship Planning
- Pre-reflection Activity – designed to determine what you will want to get out of your internship experience
- Internship Learning Contract to be completed by student and employer, including setting learning objectives and expectations with your internship site supervisor
- Reflection Journals describing your progress, challenges, successes, and overall experience of the internship, to be reviewed by the Career Center CIP Coordinator
- InterviewStream Video Journal Reflection to help you articulate your learning and overall experiences.
- Thank-you Letter to employer expressing gratitude for the opportunity.
- Internship Photo Contest Submission - Submit a photo of you from your internship site to the Career Center for the Internship Photo Contest for a chance to win up to $100!
- Career Development Activities
- Personality Assessment (using Myers-Briggs Type Theory)
- Building Your LinkedIn Profile & Writing Effective Resume Bullets
- Conduct an Informational Interview
- Attend a Networking Event
- Progress & Evaluation
- Meet regularly with your on-site internship supervisor
- Meet with the CIP Coordinator three times during your internship (beginning, midway, and end of internship) – can be done virtually if internship is not local to UNCW
- CIP Feedback Survey
- 5-minute presentation summarizing internship experience at the conclusion of the semester, presented to other CIP Interns, and presentation feedback forms for other presenters
- End of Semester Evaluations - Self-Evaluation and Supervisor Evaluations
CIP Spring 2014 Graduates