PHSC values experiential learning as a key component to a student's undergraduate and career success.  Internships, service learning, and extended volunteering can help students build confidence in their choice of major and career path. Experiential learning also helps students to become "career-ready" by developing the critical transferable skills that prospective employers seek in candidates across industries.

To participate in an internship the student must have prerequisite credits and be currently enrolled in AA, AS in Business, AS in Finance or AS in IT. Drafting, Paralegal, and other internships are available through those department chairs (see catalog for more details) 

  1. Completes forms and give to Career Services:
    • Student Internship Request (required to apply )
    • Current resume
  2. Applies for Internships via job search sites  
  3. Signs Unpaid Intern Form if it is an unpaid internship
  4. Career Services gives registration letter to student
  5. Register for the internship course relevant to your degree program
  6. Instructors send syllabus and Learning Agreement form
  7. Deadlines:
    • June 15 for the fall semester
    • October 15 for the spring semester
    • March 15 for the summer semester

For more information send email to careerservices@phsc.edu.

Internship Policies 

Eligibility

Students who wish to participate in an internship course must meet the course prerequisites as listed in the course description.

Internship Courses

Internships provide a planned work-based experience that will provide students with an opportunity to enhance workplace skills through a supervised practical experience related to their career objective. An internship agreement will be developed which includes academic supervision and work assignments. A minimum of 90 work site hours are required in this course. Regular meetings are held with the instructor or workplace learning coordinator. Student performance is graded as “Pass/Fail”.

Credit Hours

Three credit hours

Worksite Hours

Punctual and regular attendance is expected. Ninety minimum hours are arranged on a work site with an approved business supervisor or One hundred and twenty hours for the CIS 2941 Information Technology Internship. You will be given a copy of a Learning Agreement which will include the worksite hours per mutual agreement between you (the student) and the business supervisor. You will be expected to adhere to the schedule. Any schedule changes must be arranged with the agreement of your business supervisor and reported to your faculty supervisor.

Grading scale

Pass = 90-100%, Fail = 89% or below, S = Satisfactory, U = Unsatisfactory

The student will need 27 “S” grades out of 30 learning objectives to earn a Pass. A midterm conference may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.

Compensation

Compensation may or may not be a part of the internship. The type and amount of compensation, if it is included, is at the discretion of the business partner.

Liability

Students receiving wages as a form of compensation should be covered by the participating internship employer’s workers’ compensation policy.

On-site Business Visits by the Faculty Supervisor

On-site visits are encouraged and will be arranged between the faculty supervisor and the business partner.

Time and Attendance Documentation

It is the responsibility of the student intern to provide the timesheet to the business supervisor for regular entry of the student’s work site hours with the supervisor’s signature. The student must complete a minimum of 90 work site hours to meet the internship work site hours requirement.

Appeals and Grievances Procedures

Students will follow appeals procedures that are in accordance with Pasco- Hernando State College’s policies and procedures. Please refer to the college catalog for details.

Intern Responsibilities 

Following is a list of intern responsibilities.

  • Apply to the internship program and create a resume by the deadline.
  • Return Student Internship request form to Career Services staff. 
  • Apply to job search sites to find an internship site.
  • When an internship site accepts the intern and the Acceptance of Student Intern form is completed and signed, return it to Career Services on any campus.
  • Receive a letter to register for the appropriate internship course for your degree program by the last day to drop/add
  • Develop an internship learning plan with the assistance of the faculty and business supervisors. Job duties and skills will be based on a specific position with a specific business partner.
  • Maintain a daily record of attendance with the appropriate supervisor signature. Report the record of attendance (timesheet) to the faculty supervisor on a regular basis (determined by the faculty supervisor.)
  • Complete the learning agreement tasks and demonstrate proficiency in the workplace competencies within the required term and minimum work site hours to earn college credit.
  • Communicate any concerns and/or challenges that arise during the internship period to the faculty internship supervisor, the business supervisor or Career Services staff. 
  • Follow all employment policies, regulations, and standards at the internship site by which regular employees with this employer abide.

Employer Internship Steps

Looking for professionalism, the desire to learn and a good fit for your company culture? PHSC students are available from a variety of majors to fit your organizational needs and structure.

To participate in the internship program in AA, AS in Business, AS in IT, or AS in Finance, employers:

  1. Complete two forms:
    • Business Partner - Internship Request
    • Student Internship Agreement
  2. Schedule interview with student
  3. Sign Acceptance of Student Intern
  4. Schedule dates/times with student
  5. Review and sign the Learning Agreement
  6. Sign Internship Timesheets