Certified Internship Program logoCERTIFIED 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.

How to enroll CIP Application 2015 CIP Flyer
Who should apply? Credit or no credit? For M. Ed. Higher Education students
What if I don't have an internship yet? Benefits of CIP For Employers
What is required to GET CERTIFIED? CIP resources Summer 2015 Greatest Accomplishments
Internship resources Questions? Fall 2015 Greatest Accomplishments

How to Enroll:

STEP 1: HOW DO I QUALIFY? (Must meet all 4 steps)
  1. I will participate in the CIP during the same semester as I participate in my internship (Fall, Spring, or Summer are acceptable terms*).
  2. I am a current student, my cumulative GPA = 2.50 or greater, and I am in good academic standing with UNCW.
  3. I will complete a minimum of 50 total hours in my internship experience, over the course of 5 weeks or more.
  4. I have reviewed the following to confirm that my internship meets the criteria set by UNCW –

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
  1. Complete the CIP Application.
  2. E-mail a screenshot of your Degree Audit from SeaNet to Sarah Crockett (crocketts@uncw.edu) 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.

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Who should apply for the CIP?

If so, read through "How to Enroll" and send in your application by the semester deadline.

Credit or No Credit?

The most frequently asked question regarding the CIP is "will this count for credit?". The answer is two-fold:

The QUESTIONS to ask yourself before enrolling in the CIP:

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What if I don't have internship yet?

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.):

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I am interested in the CIP. What is required to GET CERTIFIED?

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.

  1. 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
  2. Deliverables
    • 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
    Upon completion of your Certified Internship, you and your on-site supervisor will be invited to the CIP Recognition Reception to recognize all of the work performed by interns during that semester. Here you will receive your official Career Center Certified Internship Program Certificate.  Snacks and beverages will be served.
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    CIP Spring 2014 Graduates

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Internship Resources:

UNCW Career Center Resource on Internships
Informative videos on many internship-related topics
Great resource on the workplace


"We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction." --Malcolm Gladwell

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Questions regarding the CIP?


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