Internship Planning

At Grand View, you'll have many opportunities to get acquainted first-hand with what it will be like to work in a chosen field. Most majors offer or require at least one internship, practicum, clinical, or other job-related experience before graduation. Your internship is an important component of your Grand View education. Not only do internships give you the practical, real-world experience employers want, they also often lead to full-time jobs after graduation.

You won’t have to wait until you’re well along in your studies to get involved in hands-on practical activities at Grand View. Starting with your first year, you’ll begin to practice in your field at on-campus facilities. For example, you might operate the latest radio and television equipment in Cowles Communication Center, write for the student magazine, practice clinical skills at the Wellness Center, create your own company in a business major capstone course, polish your creative skills in the fully equipped graphics design lab, or even explore the structural and functional relationships of the human body in the cadaver lab.

Academic Program Requirements

Since an internship is an academic program at Grand View, the faculty in your department have established the eligibility requirements for student participation. To learn about internship eligibility requirements for your academic department, check with your advisor or the department's faculty internship coordinator for more information.

Accounting / Business Administration / Management Information Systems / Sport Management
Dr. Shannon Juergens (515) 263-6082 sjuergens @ grandview.edu
Applied Mathematics / Computer Science
Dr. Lucas Bennett (515) 263-2875 lbennett @ grandview.edu
Biology / Biotechnology
Dr. Michael LaGier (515) 263-2873 mlagier @ grandview.edu
Biochemistry
Dr. Corbin Zea
(515) 263-2953
czea @ grandview.edu
Criminal Justice / Sociology
Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
(515) 263-6007
ababa-singhri @ grandview.edu
Education (Art, Elementary, Music, Secondary)
Dr. Lindsay Grow
(515) 263-6182
lgrow @ grandview.edu
English
Dr. Joshua Call
(515) 263-2904 jcall @ grandview.edu
Arts / Graphic Design / Graphic Journalism
Mary Jones
(515) 263-6194 mjones @ grandview.edu
History
Dr. Matthew Plowman
(515) 263-6153 mplowman @ grandview.edu 
Human Services / Psychology
Dr. Jill Sudak-Allison
(515) 263-2815 jsudak-allison @ grandview.edu
Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Dr. Zebblin Sullivan
(515) 263-6019 zsullivan @ grandview.edu
Liberal Arts
Dr. John Lyden
(515) 263-6015 jlyden @ grandview.edu
Journalism & Public Relations / Digital Media Production / Multimedia Communications / Sports Media / Corporate Communication
Mr. Dayne Logan
(515) 263-2836
dlogan @ grandview.edu
Music
Dr. Kathryn Duffy
(515) 263-2958
kduffy @ grandview.edu
Nursing
Dr. Cathy Homard
(515) 263-6091
chomard @ grandview.edu
Organizational & Technical Studies
Doug Wiig, ext. 2994
(515) 263-2994 dwiig @ grandview.edu
Political Studies
Dr. Bryan McQuide
(515) 263-2993
bmcquide @ grandview.edu
Social Work
Dr. Cathy Beck-Cross
(515) 263-2969
cbeck-cross @ grandview.edu
Modern Languages / Spanish
Ms. Coralie Turner
(515) 263-2916
cturner @ grandview.edu
Theatre Arts
Ms. Kristin Larson
(515) 263-2968
klarson @ grandview.edu
Theology & Philosophy
Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes
(515) 263-2903 mmattes @ grandview.edu
Setting Goals
One way to define a successful internship is that the experience provided a stepping-stone to reaching your career, personal, and academic goals. To begin planning for an internship, we suggest that you spend time considering your long-term goals and how they may be achieved with your internship. Think about the specific tasks and activities you want to experience and how these experiences will develop or enhance your skills and knowledge.
Prepare for Success

Many internship employers require a formal application from interested student interns. If you need to develop a resume and letter of application, the Career Center offers resources to help you prepare a competitive resume and letter of application.

Additional application materials may be requested by an employer such as transcripts, writing samples, and portfolio.

Interviews

Expect to be called for an interview. Be prepared for the interview by:

  1. Researching an employer's products or services.
  2. Practicing your responses to interview questions.
  3. Developing your own list of questions to ask the interviewer.

Plus, the Career Center has resources on interviewing preparation, and mock interviews can be scheduled.

A select number of premier employers schedule interviews for interns through the Career Center and the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN). Check the calendar of events on this website to see who is interviewing on campus. You can also view employers that participate in the ICoRN Interview Days at www.recruitiowagrads.com. Registration and resumes are required for the ICoRN interviews through the ICoRN website, and the GV Career Center can assist you with the registration process.

Academic Credit
Each department has its own process, forms and standards for registering and earning academic credit. The faculty internship coordinator in your department will help you with the planning and registration process and will also provide the necessary guidelines and forms to complete your internship.