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Career and Professional Development

» Know Your Rights

Congratulations on your internship offer! This is a fantastic chance to gain hands-on experience and develop a clear understanding of your chosen career’s requirements and opportunities.

An internship should be an invaluable experience. Make sure yours is the best it can be by being aware of your rights and the rights of the company, too.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.

  • At Chapman University, a Faculty Advisor is required to oversee the internship and to define its objectives, projects, and assignments.

  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern, not the company.

  • The intern does not displace a regular employee. He or she works under close supervision of existing staff.

  • The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.

  • The intern is not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.

  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. Chapman University does allow students to receive pay in addition to academic credit. If you can find a company that’s willing to compensate you during your internship, that’s great!

+ - Trouble in Paradise?

If you are not learning, feel uncomfortable, or know that what’s being asked of you is not appropriate:
  1. Make sure you’re safe. Determine the best course of action and leave the internship site, if necessary.
  2. Alert your Faculty Advisor and Chapman University’s Internship Coordinator.
  3. In some cases, file a report. 

+ - Get the most out of your internship

Internships are exciting opportunities! Take ownership of yours.

  • Ensure its success by setting goals and define ways to stay motivated
  • Know what to avoid
  • Ask your Site Supervisor and Faculty Advisor for feedback throughout your internship

+ - Academic Credit

Register your internship to receive academic credit by logging in to the Internship Application Portal. After logging on, complete the following steps:
  1. Intern Responsibilities Agreement
  2. Internship Registration Information
  3. Internship Learning Objectives — Objectives, projects, and assignments will be defined by your chosen Faculty Advisor
  4. Internship Site Approval Form Upload — This form must be signed

+ - Final Steps

  1. Upload your timesheet and complete the exit survey.
  2. Make sure your Site Supervisor completed your performance evaluation.
  3. Follow-up with your Faculty Advisor to confirm all assignments were completed.
  4. Continue to maintain the valuable professional relationships created during your internship and congratulate yourself!
  5. Strategically present your internship experience on your resume. For support, make an appointment with a Career Educator or come into drop-in hours.

Contact Information

Career and Professional Development

Main:
(714) 997-6942
career@chapman.edu

Hours:

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop-In Hours

Monday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location

342 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
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Mailing Address

Career and Professional Development
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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