Graduate Elective Internship

Students may seek out internship opportunities on their own, or may work with Career Center staff to locate internship opportunities

As this process may take 8-12 weeks, it is important for students to allow ample time to work with career counselors to explore opportunities, assist with cover letters and resumes/CVs, and interview practice. For more information, and to make an appointment through Handshake, visit the Career Center website.

Time Requirement: A student must work a minimum of 40 hours at the internship site for each credit earned.  

Internship Paperwork

Step 1

Application for Internship – Registrar’s office records that a student has met eligibility requirements and can proceed through the remaining steps.

  • Successfully completed one full academic semester of coursework at Hood College in a graduate program. 
  • Student is in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Student has completed the minimum credits required for the graduate program in which they are enrolled.

Step 2

Employment Offer – if a student receives an offer of employment for an internship, that official letter must include the following:

  • Offer should be on company letterhead
  • Details of the internship:
    • Position and responsibilities
    • Location
    • Number of hours expected to work
    • Dates of employment
    • Salary, if applicable
    • Employer contact name, phone number and email address
    • Site supervisor contact name, phone number and email address

Step 3

Verification of employer and opportunity – the Career Center will review the offer of employment, application for internship, and verify the employer as well as the position/opportunity are valid. This process may take up to two weeks.

  • If approved, student proceeds to Step 4
  • If not approved, career center will notify the student, registrar’s office and department faculty.  They may continue to work with the student to locate valid employers or opportunities to start the process over.

Step 4

Secure a Hood faculty instructor – as there are academic components to your internship, you will need to find a Hood faculty member in your department who can serve as instructor for this internship. If they agree, they will provide you with a syllabus detailing required assignments, meetings and learning outcomes.

  • Provide a copy of your Application for Internship paperwork to the designated faculty AFTER you have received the offer of employment and AFTER the Career Center has signed the form validating the opportunity. 
  • If the faculty member agrees to serve as your internship instructor, they should sign the Application of Internship form.
  • Internship instructor may also ask the student to complete learning agreement.

Step 5

Submit the approved and signed Application for Internship paperwork, along with your employment offer letter and the Student Internship Learning Agreement to the registrar’s office via email at for registration processing.  The paperwork must be submitted by the drop/add deadline of the term in which the student plans to enroll.  Once registered, the registrar’s office will provide a copy of the Internship Time Sheet, which the student will use to track hours worked, and obtain the site supervisor’s signature at the completion of the internship. This time sheet should be returned to the Hood faculty internship instructor by the end of the enrolled term to be factored into the final course grade.  

Once enrolled, the internship instructor may provide a learning agreement to the student, indicating course objectives and requirements. 

For F1 students- once enrolled, the PDSO will update the student’s SEVIS record and provide the student with an updated I-20. To apply for SSN (Social Security Number), the student will need the updated I-20, Offer letter, valid passport, and a letter of support from the PDSO.