Registration Deadlines (see registration directions below)*
Fall 2020: Monday, August 31, 2020
Winter Break 2020-2021: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
--- Winter Break internships must by a minimum of 7-weeks and 80-hours (between Dec 7-Jan 22)
Spring 2021: Monday, February 1, 2021
Summer 2021: Tuesday, June 1, 2021*
*Students should register the internship at the beginning of the experience/term. If a summer internship starts in May, do not wait until the June deadline to register. If you are considering an internship that starts after a published deadline, please contact Amity Fox.
Note: If adjustments or accommodations to the program's deadlines or minimum requirements are needed as a result of COVID-19, INP staff will work with each student individually. Remote internships are encouraged.
About the Internship Notation Program (INP)
The Internship Notation Program is Dickinson's official program for recognizing an internship. The program runs in the fall, spring, or summer terms. While enrolled in the INP, students attend their internships and complete a reflective curriculum throughout the experience. All program components are submitted online.
After successfully completing the INP while interning, the internship is included on the student's transcript as course number INTR 7xx with a "PA" grade.
Several academic disciplines require or allow the internship notation program to fulfill their graduation requirements, including Policy Studies (Law & Policy and Policy Management), Educational Studies, Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies, and Archaeology (for those not doing excavation fieldwork), International Business & Management, the Health Studies Certificate, the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) Certificate and the Food Studies Certificate.
- Internships must be at least 8 weeks and 80 hours in length and occur during an academic semester or summer. *Note: If adjustments or accommodations are needed as a result of COVID-19, INP staff will work with each student individually. Remote internships are encouraged.
- Open to active, matriculated Dickinson students in any year or major.
- Must be pre-professional, closely supervised work experiences that enhance your knowledge about an industry or organization.
- Internships must be registered by the deadlines listed above, unless otherwise negotiated with the Dean of Internships.
* For more details, please review the Internship Program Policies.
Benefits of the Internship Notation Program
- Receive official college recognition of your internship. The internship will be documented on your official transcript as course INTR 7xx.
- The reflective curriculum fosters critical thinking about the internship experience, articulation of what you learned and observed, and drawing conclusions about impact, next steps, and professional goals. Learning to effectively articulate your experience will make you better prepared for applications and interviews for future internships, jobs, or graduate/professional school.
- Ensure that you are covered by professional liability insurance while you are interning.
- Receive support from the Dickinson staff during your internship.
Register for the Internship Notation Program
Log in to Gateway and click on the Forms icon. The internship registration form is linked on the left-side menu.
You will know that the registration is submitted correctly when you receive an automatically generated confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, contact the Dean of Internships.
Registration for the INP must occur at the beginning of the internship (usually at the beginning of the semester or summer). Then, while you complete the internship, you also do the coursework. There are deadlines in place for each semester and summer.
The program is designed purposefully with the internship and the assignments occurring at the same time. Dickinson will not approve retroactive notations.
Q. Where have Dickinson students interned?
A. Students have completed the INP at internship sites across the country and the world. For information and ideas, check out our "Interns in Action" page.
Q. After registering, what else is involved with the INP?
A. Throughout the internship, you are guided through the Program and reflective curriculum.
The progressive assignments are focused on YOU; they are designed to help you think critically about your experience and allow you to better explain what you learned and how/why it was useful to you. The reflections lead to better defined career and personal goals and help you to better articulate your experience to future employers and graduate/professional schools.
All assignments are submitted through Gateway (there are no required face-to-face meetings).
Q. Do I get a grade?
A. The experience is documented on your transcript as INTR 7xx with a "PA" grade. The credit awarded for INP will not replace one of the 32 courses required to earn a Dickinson degree.
If your department or certificate program requires or accepts participation in the INP as part of a graduation requirement, the Internship Program staff will coordinate the initial approvals and send a full report to the department chair at the end of each term.
If you do not successfully complete the internship or the requirements of the INP, you will not receive the notation.
Q. The internship site says I must get credit for this internship. What do I do?
A. You can confidently tell the employer that you are able to register the internship with your college. So... You should apply! INP staff work with you and the employer to ensure requirements are met and the required paperwork is completed. Send an email to the Dean of Internships with the details about the opportunity.
Q. I have an internship offer, but the employer requires a form/letter/confirmation from Dickinson. What do I do?
A. Send an email to the Dean of Internships with the details about the opportunity. INP staff work with you and the employer to ensure requirements are met and the required paperwork is completed.
Q. What is the Research Experience Notation (REXP)?
A. The Research Experience Notation is different from the Internship Notation Program in that the principal activity and focus of the research experience is original investigation designed to create new knowledge in a recognized field of inquiry.
The Research Experience Notation is intended to provide formal documentation of scholarly scientific research experiences that take place during the summer under the supervision of a professional researcher at Dickinson or at another institution. Examples include student-faculty research with a Dickinson faculty member (on campus or at a field site), or participation in a summer research project at another research organization (typically a college or university, private research foundation, etc.).
For more information, see the REXP page.
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