Students

Student Eligibility for the FCC Internship Education Program

Before applying for an internship, students must:

  • Be in one of these FCC college programs
  • Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average
  • Be approaching their last 15 credits in their college program

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How Students Benefit from Internships

Students gain:

  • Experience by applying what they have learned at FCC
  • New skills and knowledge
  • Experience to help them transition from college to their entry-level career
  • Valuable resume-building experience

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Frequently Asked Questions, by students

  1. Do I have to register for credit to be an intern?
  2. Can I do an internship with my current employer?
  3. Can I be a paid as an intern?
  4. Can I do an internship outside Frederick?
  5. I can't find an internship work site. Help!
  6. What if I'm late for work?
  7. What if I don't feel well?
  8. Is missing work like missing a class?
  9. What if I don't like the work I'm assigned?
  10. Ask your own question (e-mail the FCC Internship Program Coordinator)

1. Do I have to register for credit to be an intern?

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.

2. Can I do an internship with my current employer?

With permission of the Internship Coordinator and Program Manager, you might 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 agained during the internship experience. Credit will NOT be awarded for continuing to perform work tasks you have done in the past.

3. Can I be a 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.

4. Can I do an internship outside Frederick?

You may do internships in Frederick City or County, Maryland, U.S., or foreign countries.

5. I can't find an internship work site. Help!

  • While the student is responsible for identifying a worksite, here are a few resources which may be helpful. FCC's Career and Transfer Center developed a Job Search site in which you may search for internship possibilities, choose to be included in employer searches, and where companies can also search for students to fill their internship positions and jobs. Got to www.frederick.edu and choose: Student Services, and Career and Transfer Center. Here you will find the link to register for the Job Search.

  • Other resources:
    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.

6. What if I'm late for work?

Internships, even unpaid, are jobs. Don't be late! Employers value people who are reliable. Be responsible and call your work site supervisor if you are unavoidably late. The time you miss must be made up, in order to complete the total hours of the internship.

7. What if I don't feel well?

If you are contagious or cannot safely perform your job, call your supervisor. The time you miss must be made up, in order to complete the total hours of the internship.

8. Is missing work like missing a class?

Unlike some courses, you are NOT allowed a certain number of absences during your internship. The time you miss must be made up, in order to complete the total hours of the internship.

9. What if I don't like the work I'm assigned?

Consider all your work tasks together; don't dwell on a few undesirable tasks. If you are concerned that you are not gaining new experience, skills, and knowledge, discuss your concern with your work site supervisor or FCC Internship Advisor. Such discussion usually can get your internship on course.

10. Ask your own question (e-mail the FCC Internship Program Office)

Employers May Offer Internships to Students in these FCC Programs:

Contact Information

Jerry Boyd
Associate Vice President for Learning/ Dean of Academic and Professional Studies
240.629.7840

Janet Falibota
Internship Education
Program Office
240.629.7841

"It is a great experience! You get a chance to learn from real work experiences and it gives you opportunities to learn all aspects of a job, not just one specific area as you would with a normal job."

Lee Thomas-Palmer, FCC graduate