Internships

An ISC 399 internship is a chance for an upper-division student to work in a professional setting to gain on-the-job training. It can be one of the most educational and enlightening elements of your college experience. Interns are expected to have basic skills necessary for the company for which they’ll be working. They’re also expected to gain experience and learn new skills for their professional career. Interns take the skills and theories learned in the classroom and apply them to a job. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

All ISC majors are required to complete an ISC 399 internship before graduation. To make the most of your internship, here’s a brief explanation of what you need to know before you begin the process:

Start looking for an internship early—at least the semester before you’d like to complete it.

IMPORTANT: You must read this page and the FAQs page to learn the basic information you'll need to know before completing your ISC 399 internship

PROSPECTIVE INTERNSHIP SITES: If you are an employer interested in being considered as a placement site for ISC 399 interns, please visit the Internship Information for Employers page.

EXP vs. ISC Internships

There are two types of internship for credit: ISC and EXP. Our accreditation rules require that students be permitted to receive no more than three credits for internships while a student at the University. That means you can only do one 3-hour internship for credit towards graduation. Therefore, you can see how important it is that you select the right internship and that you get the most out of it.

EXP Internships

EXP internships are a great option for pre-major students and upper division students who have not yet met the requirements for an ISC internship. They have no prerequisites and you can do as many internships as you want, for 1-3 credit hours each (meaning you can work—and pay for--fewer hours during the semester if you need to). For example, you can do an internship as a freshman and an internship as a sophomore, building your portfolio and resume before you have to find your ISC internship. This gives you the chance to gain additional professional experience while in college.

Keep in mind, though, that if you do an internship through EXP 396, the credits you receive through EXP will not count toward your 120 credits to graduate. That means that in order to graduate from our College, you must complete extra credits if you do an EXP internship. Having said that, however, many students benefit from a second (or third!) internship and they do it through the EXP program. Remember that you can enroll in EXP without completing any prerequisites. But only the credits you earn through ISC 399 will count toward graduation. EXP internships typically involve lower level professional work, and listings for these internships can be found in CyberCAT, accessible from the Career Center’s website: www.uky.edu/careercenter. The internship listings on the ISC site are for students who have completed advanced level coursework only. For questions about EXP internships, contact your Career Center representative.

ISC Internships

Your internship can be one of the most educational and enlightening elements of your college experience. All ISC majors are required to complete an ISC399 internship before graduation. To make the most of your internship, here’s a brief explanation of what you need to know before you begin the process:

ISC 399 internships are required for upper division ISC majors.You must meet eligibility requirements in order to enroll in ISC 399. It’s recommended you decide on an internship before you apply and are approved. You can look for one from those listed on this site, or you can develop your own, but it MUST meet certain requirements established by the Department. Contact your internship supervisor for more information.

There are a number of factors we look at in evaluating sites for possible ISC 399 credit (we have a list of questions we ask the prospective site to complete). Two of the most important are level and type of supervision and whether you will be producing work that can be included in a portfolio.

An ISC 399 internship is intended to be a U.S.-based professional experience. That means you must be supervised at the internship site by someone who is a professional in that field. For example, a small firm may want an intern who will essentially serve as its communications staff. That's great experience, but it doesn't qualify as an ISC 399 internship because you would not be learning from a professional in the field.

ISC majors are required to have an approved professional portfolio before graduating. Work done at your ISC 399 internship is an essential part of your portfolio, so we also try to make sure that the internship site will give you the opportunity to produce (and keep) work that can go into your portfolio.

Note: You may only receive credit for your ISC 399 internship during the same semester you are completing your hours. This is because you must be under faculty supervision while you are working at your internship. We do not award ISC 399 credit for internships outside the United States. Those may be done for EXP credit.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN ISC INTERNSHIP?

The Department's faculty wants you to do an internship at a time in your academic career when you will not only benefit from the internship, but when you will also be able to make a contribution to the organization that is sponsoring your internship. That is why you must complete certain classes before you are eligible for an internship under ISC 399.

You must have completed the courses listed below (as well as your pre-major courses) before you begin the internship. (You can arrange the internship before you complete these courses, but you cannot actually start the internship until these classes are done).

If you do not complete the required courses before the internship is to begin, you will be dropped from ISC 399 and will not be able to do the internship that semester.

*Remember that you can complete an EXP internship before you meet these requirements, though that credit will not count towards graduation.

ALL ISC majors must complete both courses of their career-keyed PATH prior to an ISC 399 internship.

- Creative PATH - ISC 331 and ISC 431
- Public Relations PATH - ISC 341 and ISC 441
- Account Management PATH - ISC 351 and ISC 451
- Direct Response PATH - ISC 361 and ISC 461

If you meet these requirements, click over to ISC's MUST READ page. Inform yourself about key details and policies, and find out how to apply. Applying to intern is the first step for All ISC majors. It places students who meet the eligibility reqs into the pipeline so we're able to assist you as you move forward with securing/setting up your internship.
Internship Supervisor: Dr. Scott Whitlow.