Academic Internships Office

So your student has an internship?

To enroll for credit, they will need to complete a Learning Agreement that will be reviewed and approved by you, the employer, and work supervisor. These instructions explan how to manage and approve those Learning Agreements using the Career Connections Opportunities Board (CCOB). Please check to see if you already have an account by using your ePass username and the password PLU before creating a new account. You can also review our quick guide on the overall internship registration process, or see the student side of the Learning Agreement. 

You will be their first point of contact once they begin their internship - please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns along the way!

How We Can Help

We keep in touch with many employers to best identify, screen, and develop internship opportunities that are quality experiences for PLU students. Whether you are helping a student search for an opportunity or are simply curious about what else te employer offers, we can help connect you with what you're looking for!

Our office regularly maintains and updates current internship postings and activity, and can generate reports regarding employer involvement, faculty participation, or previous student enrollment. Ask us for whatever you want and we can probably provide it!


The Academic Internship Office supports the university’s Integrated Learning Objectives (ILOs) in the following ways:

Knowledge Base

  • The pursuit and experience of an internship provide a forum for understanding the interconnections between the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Internships provide a forum to explore and apply an in-depth knowledge of a specified area of knowledge.

Critical Reflection

  • Through facilitating students’ informal self assessment and perceived “salable” skills; how their skills and capabilities are perceived from an employer’s perspective.
  • In helping students assess how to best represent themselves to a potential employer.
  • In helping students reflect on how their academic program has helped them to prepare for an internship and how their studies will be integrated into the work they will be doing.

Expression

  • In the development of a professional vocabulary as we work together.
  • In understanding the difference between a student mind-set and a professional presence.
  • In the creation of a letter of application.
  • In the development of professional telephone skills In the preparation for an interview.

Interaction with Others

  • Through events like the Career & Internship Fair and the Etiquette Dinner.
  • Through informational interviews and other interactions with professionals in the fields of their interest.

Valuing

  • In helping the student clarify what they want to learn and what kind of a work environment they are seeking to learn it.
  • In helping students assess employer values and identifying how it matches theirs.
  • In providing information on what employers are seeking in their candidates and helping the student reflect on whether it matches them.

Multiple Frameworks

  • Help the student examine the employer and assess the dimension of diversity that exists by the very nature of the variety of things that are done in the workplace.
  • Draw the student’s attention to workplace interactions, the diversity of perspectives on the work itself as well as problems and issues that arise in the workplace (from co-workers and leadership) and what they can learn from that, including that in the documentation of their learning experience.
We can aid students with their internship search and application prep. The Career Connections offices also offer regular resume and cover letter drop-in hours, interview preparation, and career advising.
Unfortunately, some placements do not yield a quality experience. We file a Statement of Understanding with internship employers as a tool in case of this. We can act as a liasion between student, faculty, and employer to support you in negotiating improvements and helping to resolve problems ith the student's experience. Read more about potential legal issues...