An Internship is:
- A planned work experience
- Directly related to the student's area of college study
- An opportunity to gain entry-level career competencies
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain college programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.
How Students Benefit from Internships
- Experience by applying what they have learned from FCC
- New skills and knowledge
- Experience to help them transition from college to an entry-level career
- Valuable resume-building experience
Before applying for an internship, students must:
- Be in one of the FCC programs listed below
- Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average
- Be approaching their last 15 credits in their college program
- Student must satisfy 25% residency requirement
The Student Workbook provides an overview of student internship procedures and requirements, as well as assignment descriptions and activity worksheets.
FCC Internship Workbook for Students
Do I have to register for credit to be an intern through FCC?
The FCC Internship Education Program is only for students in certain college programs that require or encourage internships. If you are in one of these programs, you are eligible to receive credit toward your college program.
Students not in one of the listed college programs may do an independent internship, but not for credit. There are many resources for doing such an internship.
Can I do an internship with my current employer?
With permission of the internship coordinator and program manager, you may use a job you currently hold as the internship work assignment. You must be able to prove that additional, enhanced duties and/or knowledge will be gained during the internship experience. Credit will NOT be awarded for continuing to perform work tasks you have done in the past.
Can I be paid as an intern?
The primary purpose of an internship is to learn and gain new experience. Most internships are unpaid. If an employer offers pay, that arrangement is between the employer and you.
Can I do an internship outside of Frederick?
You may do an internship anywhere in the U.S. or foreign countries.
I can’t find an internship work site. Help?
While the student is responsible for identifying a worksite, FCC's Career and Transfer Center has developed a job search site where you can search for internship possibilities, choose to be included in employer searches, and where companies can search for students to fill their internship positions and jobs. Visit the Career Services for job search assistance.
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce website has job listings and a business directory.
Volunteer Frederick has volunteer opportunities. To get in touch directly, call 301.663.5214, ext. 6.
Your FCC Program Manager may be able to advise you.
Networking can be very helpful. Talk to friends and family and make new acquaintances in researching job opportunities.
How Employers Benefit from Internships
- Get help with work tasks
- Give back to the community by developing a student for the next generation of your profession
- Try someone out before considering them for future employment
- Build a partnership with FCC career programs which educate current and prospective employees
- Improve FCC courses and degree programs with your feedback
Post your internship/job opportunity on the FCC Online Career Services by going to College Central Network, the FCC recruiting platform.
FCC Internship Workbook For Employers
Do I pay an intern?
The employer decides whether an intern is paid or not. Internships at FCC are considered an integral part of certain college programs; therefore, internships are required or offered to students as an educational experience. Students learn by doing and their work should benefit employers. Employers are expected to educate interns beyond usual supervision. Some employers find that offering pay is an enticement to prospective interns.
Do I treat the intern as a student or as an employee?
The answer is both. Employers should expect interns to accept and perform work, work every assigned day, be on time, and follow other requirements of employees. Employers should also expect interns to ask many questions and seek opportunities to learn beyond their assigned duties. For example, employers invite interns to meetings or arrange job shadowing so they can learn about the organization, its work processes, and the general industry.
Who do I contact at FCC if I have a problem?
Recruiting issues: Contact the FCC Internship Program & Apprenticeship Coordinator at 301.624.2724. Issues pertaining to an intern: Contact the intern's Faculty Advisor; if unknown, contact the FCC Internship Program & Apprenticeship Coordinator at 301.624.2724.
Am I expected to hire the intern after graduation?
Employers have no obligation to hire interns. Your primary obligation is to further develop a student's skills and provide opportunities for gaining experience that complement the student's college program. Some employers benefit from internships by being able to evaluate potential employees first-hand. Many interns are of course interested in employment after graduation.
Approved Internship Programs
Forms and Documents
Submit an application, after you meet with FCC Program Manager, but before your register for internship credit.
Online Student Application