Internships have never been more vital to setting yourself up for success after graduation. Completing an internship is one of three ways to gain real-world experience that fulfills your Hiram Connect experiential requirement. But the experience you gain will be worth much more than checking a box for your graduation requirements. Internships allow you to “try out” a company, profession or career. By interacting with professionals and collaborating on real projects, you’ll begin to discover how what you have been learning in the classroom translates into the real world.
Whether your internship reinforces what you thought you wanted to do, provides clarity on what you do not want to do or opens your eyes to new opportunities, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight about your future calling and life after graduation.
Registering a Hiram Connect Internship
You must register your Hiram Connect internship during a particular semester, following all of the same deadlines for courses (Example: if you are completing your internship experience during the Spring 12-week, you must register for the CNXT course during that term). This means that you can no longer retroactively count an internship experience for Hiram Connect. You must enroll in the Connect course (CNXT) to register your internship experience within the first two weeks of the term.
- Complete the Hiram Connect Internship Learning Agreement. The learning agreement is an online form found on Handshake. Click here for instructions on accessing and completing the learning agreement through Handshake.
- Complete the registration form to add the CNXT 0-credit course. Once you complete the learning agreement through Handshake, you will receive an email with a pre-filled registration form that you will need to sign and send to the Registrar. Please note that this must be submitted before the deadline to add courses in a particular term.
- Complete your Hiram Connect experiential learning hours. A minimum of 120 internship hours are required for Hiram Connect.
- Complete the reflection assignment and internship evaluation. Once you are nearing the end of the semester, you must complete the reflection assignment and upload it to your ePortfolio, and you must complete the electronic internship evaluation to tell us about your experience.
Some majors have their own reflection writing prompt for students who are enrolled in an internship course, or a 49800 course. If your internship was registered as a 49800, please check with your faculty advisor to determine whether or not that major has its own reflection writing prompt or if you should use the Hiram Connect writing prompt. If your internship was not registered as a 49800, you will use the Hiram Connect writing prompt.
Click here for further instructions on how to upload your reflection assignment to your ePortfolio and for the reflection writing prompt.
Connecting Students to Internships
Hiram College’s Office of Career Development and Academic Development will assist you throughout the internship application and interview process. Take a look at previous internships completed by Hiram College students.