Contact the Center for Career & Professional Development
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Quick Reference Guide to the Center for Career & Professional Development
Each student is assigned to a career counselor for personalized attention throughout their time at Centre based on major. Students meet with their career counselor at least once a term. Students with majors in Division I (Humanities) are assigned to Mindy Wilson. Students with majors in Division II (Social Studies) are assigned to Kirk Knott. Students with majors in Division III are assigned to Joy Asher. Undeclared students will work with Kirk Knott until they are able to identifiy with a major. Career counselors can help with anything career-related including choosing a major; gathering career information; and applying to jobs, internships, and graduate school.
The Center for Career & Professional Development coordinates and administers both academic-credit and non-credit internships as well as internship funding. There are currently four competitive funding programs: Centre Internship Plus, Parents Committee Internship Fund, Centre Education Fellows, and the AIKCU Intern Scholarship. Awards range from $750-2000 for CentreTerm and $2000-5000 for summer (before taxes). Career counselors can help students locate and apply for internships for all terms including summer. Please see the section below for more information.
Job Search & Grad School Assistance
The Center for Career & Professional Development assists students with the job and graduate school search, including resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, and graduate school personal statement writing. We post job openings on CentreWorks as well as provide other job-search resource sites.
We host several career events each year, including Extended Orientation (first-year students), Career Kickstart (sophomores), Senior Celebration, Career Chats, and the Emerging Professionals series. In addition, we host the annual Etiquette Dinner, the Law School Fair, and the Spotlight Career Fair. For more information about upcoming events, see our Upcoming Events page.
Direct Connection with Employers
Networking and connecting with employers directly is an important step in the career exploration process. We host on-campus interviews, information sessions and tables, special events that feature employers, as well as the annual career fair, Spotlight Career Fair. For more information about upcoming events, see our Upcoming Events page.
Faculty Guide to Internships
Click here for a PDF copy of the Faculty Guide to Internships. The information below will give you a general overview of the program, but the Faculty Guide to Internships provides more information about internships at Centre.
Academic vs. Non-Academic Internships
A student may choose to earn academic credit while completing an internship. The student is required to have a faculty sponsor in order to receive academic credit. The Center for Career and Professional Development facilitates the process while the academic faculty sponsor evaluates the work. If a student chooses not to earn academic credit, the student does not need a faculty mentor nor does the student need to complete extra paperwork.
What Is An Internship?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that empowers students to integrate knowledge and theory learned throughout the curriculum with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Thus, a meaningful internship is a partnership between Centre College and a host employer, collaboratively defined and guided by the student, a faculty internship mentor (if the student is receiving credit), and an on-site supervisor from the host employer. To ensure that an experience is educational and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:
• The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained through the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the host employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
• The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
• The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
• There are clearly developed learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
• There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
• There is routine feedback by the experienced on-site supervisor.
• There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, December 19, 2011)
Centre College Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship, the student must:
• be a junior or senior and have at least 54 credit hours by the start date of the internship. (Exceptions may be approved by the Associate Dean in rare circumstances.)
• complete the academic-credit internship contract before the start date of the internship. Students can start the online contract process here.
• The internship is graded on a credit/no-credit basis. The credit may not be applied toward any major or minor requirements, but may be applied to the total number of credits needed for graduation.
• The grade will not factor into a student’s GPA.
• The final grade will be based on the completion of all required internship hours, the academic components, and any paperwork required by the Center for Career and Professional Development (timecards, evaluations, etc.), as well as a satisfactory final evaluation completed by the site supervisor.
• To earn three (3) credit hours of course credit for INT 400, the student must work a minimum of hours:
Fall/Spring/Summer: 120 hours (10 hours per week)
CentreTerm: 120 hours (35-40 hours per week for three to four weeks)
• To earn two (2) credit hours of course credit for INT 400, the student must work a minimum of hours:
Fall/Spring: 80 hours (6-7 hours per week)
• There may be one-credit internship options during the summer for those students whose employers require them to receive academic credit or for students whose visas require academic credit for Curricular Practical Training.
Centre College uses an online internship contract approval system. This system allows students to complete contracts more easily, both on- and off-campus, while allowing the Center for Career & Professional Development and the Registrar’s office to better manage the contract system. For step-by-step instructions, Online Internship Contract Approval Guidelines Faculty.
Faculty Mentors are responsible for evaluating a student’s internship performance and assigning a grade of credit/no credit. A student’s experience is evaluated by the organizational supervisor’s written evaluation, as well as completed academic assignments, including readings, written assignments, and the final presentation.
A minimum of two relevant readings (books, articles, etc.) must be assigned.
The written component should be an integration of the academic readings and work experience. Please be as specific as possible about the assignment topic.
The final written product must be a minimum of 8 pages total.
Sample projects may include (but are not limited to):
• Final paper
• Guided substantive journals
• Projects/work sample portfolio
• Annotated bibliography
• Book and article reviews
Each student must complete a final presentation at the Internship Showcase at the end of the internship, and Faculty Mentors attend the showcase. The Faculty Mentor assists the student in selecting a final topic for the internship, which may include (but is not limited to):
• An analysis of the experience.
• A focus on a topic important to the field.
• A review of the research completed.
General Responsibilities of the Parties
• Work with student to develop internship objectives and the academic component tying the internship experience to the student’s academic goals.
• Check in with the student regularly through meetings and email.
• Read and evaluate all written material.
• Attend the student’s final presentation at the Internship Showcase.
• Assign the final grade for the internship.
• Work on the days and times agreed upon with the supervisor.
• Complete all assignments, tasks and projects at the internship site in a timely manner.
• Conform to the regulations and dress code of the internship organization.
• Maintain confidentiality of internship organization.
• Notify supervisor of planned absences before internship takes place.
• Notify the Center for Career & Professional Development immediately should any problems arise during the course of the internship, including concerns regarding lack of substantive work assignments.
• Complete the required time cards and evaluations and submit to Center for Career and Professional Development by midterm and the end of the internship.
• Complete academic readings and assignments and turn in to faculty mentor by the last day of classes.
• Present at the Internship Showcase at the end of the term.
Center for Career and Professional Development
• Monitor the internship for quality assurance as it relates to both the intern and internship site.
• Ensure that at least 70% of the intern’s time is spent on substantive projects.
• Provide organization/supervisor with student evaluation forms.
• Provide students with internship site evaluation forms.
• Notify student of obligations and monitor students’ compliance during the course of the internship.
• Act as liaison between the student, faculty mentor and internship supervisor and assist in resolving any problems that might arise during the course of the internship.
• Comply with all state and federal labor laws.
• Provide a working environment which allows the student to gain experience relevant to the field.
• Provide regular feedback to students through regular meetings and email.
• Provide the intern with a schedule comprised of no less than 70% substantive work.
• Provide the intern with a desk, computer and/or other necessary tools in order to effectively complete internship responsibilities.
• Provide intern with information regarding the itnernship site policies and procedures regarding the dress code; professional, legal and ethical behavior; emergency preparedness, etc.
• Notify the Center for Career and Professional Development in a timely and reasonable manner if any problems arise, particularly those that might result in the dismissal/termination of the intern.
• Evaluate the student’s performance at mid-term and at the end of the internship and submit the evaluation form to the Center for Career and Professional Development.
Centre Career RoadmapView Career Roadmap Booklet
The Center for Career & Professional Development is committed to helping students navigate the journey from college student to professional life. This Career Roadmap is a four-year guide that will help students learn about themselves, explore career options, gain experience and put them on the path to career success. We recognize that everyone begins their journeys at different places, so we encourage students to work with their career counselors, who can guide them through this map.
• Attend Extended Orientation (EXO).
• Complete their profiles in CentreWorks.
• Explore options and learn more about themselves. Visit the Center for Career & Professional Development to explore values, interests, abilities (self-assessments) and possible majors.
• Get plugged in. Become involved on campus by joining a student organization.
• Turn high school resumes into college resumes.
• Explore career fields. Use the Career Mentor Directory and other on-line resources to explore possible career fields.
• Meet with their career counselors to explore options and develop preliminary career goals.
• Attend Career Kickstart and other Center for Career & Professional Development events.
• Update and refine resume.
• If participating in an internship, explore internship funding options.
• Meet with their career counselors to refine their career goals.
• Attend Junior program and other Center for Career & Professional Development events.
• Participate in an internship or undergraduate research experience. Gain relevant experience by participating in an academic-credit semester-long internship, a summer internship, or research experience.
• Create a LinkedIn profile. Attend a Get LinkedIn! event for a professional profile picture and to learn more about networking. Use LinkedIn to network and to research employers.
• If considering graduate school, begin researching programs and studying for graduate exams.
• Attend Senior Celebration and other Center for Career & Professional Development events.
• Refine their interview skills. Meet with their career counselors to talk about interview preparation and conduct a mock interview in the Center for Career & Professional Development.
• Update and customize resumes.
• Develop their job search plans. Create a plan to target employers, network, hone interviewing skills, and successfully apply for jobs.
• Attend Spotlight Career Fair and on-campus interviews.
• If applicable, finalize graduate school application. A successful graduate school application process includes taking the appropriate entrance exam(s), having the personal statement(s) reviewed by career counselors and any appropriate advisors/faculty, and securing letters of recommendation.
• Complete the Senior Survey at the end of the school year.