University Internship Program

   DePaul University's Internship Program (UIP) is open to SNL students. The program consists of six courses that combine work and learning: IN 250, IN 251, IN 252, IN 253, IN 254 and IN 350. Benefits include: 
• Fulfilling 2 FX competencies with each course.
• Applying classroom learning in internship or employment settings.
• Networking with professional contacts.

The Program links you with a UIP instructor and an employer to give you the knowledge and experience needed in the marketplace. If you already have a job, it may qualify for credit through UIP. The majority of UIP students earn a wage from their internships. 

How to Get Started

1. Learn more by calling 312-362-8437 or emailing
2. Once you have secured a job or internship, complete an online proposal form for approval. To receive approval, the UIP team will confirm your position and notify you how to enroll in one of the UIP courses.

Internship and Employment Position Standards
An internship or employment position must be a significant and will give you the opportunity to explore career development issues and interests. You should spend the majority of your time working on tasks that will enhance your analytical, technical and interpersonal skills. The position should not entail more than 25% clerical work and should involve substantial interaction with professional staff and/or supervisory personnel who can provide guidance and discuss the organization’s vision, goals and objectives. 

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IN 250 – You, Your Work and the World   

IN 250 combines academic curriculum with supervised work experience. The course assists career decision–making, drives individual success through on–the–job experiences, provides students with valuable networking opportunities, and enables students to view their internship experiences within a broad world perspective. Topics include career development techniques, change management, conflict resolution, and workplace ethics.

Learning Goals
1. Understand the skills obtained from their internship roles and the contributions they made to their organizations’ success.
2. Gain an in–depth knowledge of the organizations in which they work.
3. Observe how societal and world issues affect their workplaces.
4. Acquire insights into the career planning process.
5. Fine–tune writing, rhetorical and critical thinking abilities.

Final Project
Career Portfolio and Presentation – Students will develop a high–impact Career Portfolio, which will show–off work results, demonstrate academic/work/personal achievements, indicate their value as team members, and stress how their efforts contributed to their organizations’ productivity. A high–energy 5 to 10–minute oral presentation of their Career Portfolios will be made during the third or fourth class meeting.

IN  251 – Values–Based Leadership: Making a Difference While Making a Profit   

The primary focus of IN 251 is to examine and apply the values, goals and operating methods of visionary leaders who have successfully pursued financial rewards for themselves and their organizations, while also achieving broader social goals. The results of the examination will be applied at the students’ internship sites, where students will demonstrate a range of leadership skills, including an analysis of basic management issues and recommendations for improvements.

Learning Goals
1. Identify the most common characteristics of corporate leaders who have achieved financial success, while taking into account the working environment of their employees, the health of the environment, and benefits to a larger community.
2. Connect the lessons learned from the study of leaders who guide, motivate and inspire high performers to their own internship experiences.
3. Identify the characteristics of an organization which best matches the student’s personal goals.
4. Gain new insights into leadership skills that could benefit their workplaces and society as a whole.
5. Further develop their writing, rhetorical and critical thinking skills.

Final Project
Paper and Oral Report – Students’ papers will incorporate a range of leadership issues covered in class, such as reflections on the reading assignments, weekly Desire2Learn discussions, their internship and workshop experiences, possibly their own research, and what they have learned in the past ten weeks that has enhanced their understanding of values–based leadership. Also outlined will be what students have learned about their own leadership skills, strengths, weaknesses and aspirations. An oral report on major findings will be given in a class discussion group.

IN 252 – Creativity as a Change Agent in the Workplace   

Students will study how creativity functions within his or her workplace. The class will examine the process of creativity as it might work to revolutionize an industry or force it into failure. Students will examine creative innovations related to the following: invention, leadership, advertising and marketing, teaming concepts and collaboration, and the drive behind entrepreneurship. The course is designed to focus the students’ attention on the creative process as it relates to the observable workplace, reflective practice, and the application of theories and ideas.

Learning Goals
1. Recount and reflect upon the history of creative innovations with the workplace.
2. Examine and analyze their own workplaces, as the organizations generate creative strategies.
3. Discuss new insights related to creativity with the workplace, such as the creative process and the individual’s role in the process and the potential of creativity to better an organization.
4. Analyze how creativity in their workplaces is tied to the reciprocal relationship between theory and practice.
5. Articulate and examine current creative trends within their workplaces, reflect on the outcomes of these creative change agents, and support their analyses with course readings and class discussions.

Final Project
PowerPoint and Final Presentation – Referring to Beyond Bullet Points, prepare a creative PowerPoint presentation that focuses on your current workplace. The content of your PowerPoint should be twofold. You are to both educate your classmates about the creative changes in your field and enliven their curiosity about these creative agents of change.

IN 253 – Public Service Careers   

Public service jobs involve working with organizations that aim to produce a public good, rather than produce a profit. Those organizations may be nonprofits (providing low–income housing, or supporting the arts, e.g.); community organizing groups (such as ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now); foundations, which typically provide funding to nonprofit organizations; unions; and the local, state, and federal governments.
Prerequisite: Student must have a Public Service internship to be eligible for IN 253.

Learning Goals
This course will provide an opportunity to students to familiarize themselves with career opportunities in the public service sector by focusing on:
1. The types of problems that public service organizations attempt to address
2. The different strategies used by different types of public service organizations
3. The range of available public service jobs

The course will promote the life–long process of integrating work and learning, enable students to view their internship within a broad perspective, assist career decision–making, promote individual success through on–the–job experience, and provide students with valuable networking opportunities, all with a focus on public service careers.

IN 254 – Corporate Social Responsibility   

IN 254 analyzes the mutually dependent relationship between businesses and society, focusing on how organizations can contribute their resources, expertise, and innovations to the benefit of our local, national, and global communities. By examining their own internship experiences, along with real world case studies, research, and commentary, students will examine the critical decision–making processes organizations address as they balance competitive advantages against the weight of social progress. Students are expected to wrestle with the variable issues confronting corporate social responsibility in relation to their own fields of interest. Throughout the course, students will analyze how their current workplaces determine a competitive edge while staying attentive to the social, public, and environmental consequences of their actions.

Learning Goals
1. Learn about the basic premises of corporate social responsibility, the way corporate social responsibility is built into decision–making processes, and the systemic effects of socially responsible corporate choices
2. Analyze how their internship sites can invest in socially responsible practices in ways that solve pressing social issues while also improving their firms’ competitive edge
3. Examine the role of personal values as they come to develop visions of responsible corporate behavior on the local, national, and global level
4. Articulate and reflect upon how social responsibility is incorporated into their current internships and career fields of interest
5. Learn about career pathways in socially responsible companies or in newly created socially responsible initiatives

IN 350 –Navigating the Changing Workplace   

This advanced internship course is completely online and is for students who have more than three years of work experience, or an already–completed departmental internship, or the completion of another UIP course. Students will use their ongoing work experience as a laboratory to examine and report on key environmental issues impacting themselves and their workplaces. Students will be given opportunities to study environmental, gender, diversity, and ethical issues in their workplace. They will also develop networking skills and opportunities in the business community.
Learning Goals
1. Understand their workplaces, in terms of the internal and external factors that affect organizations.
2. Understand the concept of change and why organizations change.
3. Understand themselves as change agents.
4. Develop critical thinking and change management skills.
5. Acquire insights into the career planning process.

Final Project
SWOT Analysis and Presentation – A seven page written analysis and a PowerPoint presentation of the analysis are expected. Students will review their organizations’ environments in terms of competition/industry, technology, customers, social/cultural trends, and missions/resources/objectives. From this, they will develop a SWOT Analysis, showing and explaining their organizations strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The objective of the SWOT analysis is to deepen students’ understanding of their organizations, how the organizations will likely change and develop, and how their companies compare to competitors.

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