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New to Internships | Ready to Host Internships | Credit vs Non-Credit Internships

New to Internships


At DU we work to provide you with documents and resources for ease of starting and / or improving your internship program. 

Connect with an Internship Manager today!  Select the Manager leading the program of study for the type of students you are interested in. 

We offer training workshops that are a fit for any level or experience of staff member, and are a free service to you.  If your time does not allow to attend a Workshop, reach out to an Internship Manager for an individual conversation about your internship goals or simply see the documents linked below to take advantage of our tools. 

  • The Best Practice sheet will help you build a sustainable, value adding program from a local and national perspective.
  • The Guide helps you understand how to create a relationship with DU for hosting students in our various programs.
  • The Internship Template helps you write a detailed description of the work you want your intern to do, and what you will help them learn.  An Internship Manager can help you with creating this and provide previously approved examples.  You can then copy and paste it into PantherJobs to recruit.
  • The Circular Practical Training (CPT) FAQ helps you understand the ease of hosting one of our international students.  

Employer Resources

Employer Internship Workshops


Offered year-round.  Click here to view upcoming dates at DU or one of our West Michigan Internship Initiative partner schools.  Want to know about the value of internships?  Check out these great testimonials!  Click for additional internship information in the Internship Toolkit from Hello West Michigan

Ready to Host Interns


Click into PantherJobs to post your internship.  You can use a current account or create a new one.  An Internship Manager will review the posting, contact you with any questions, and release it to students to apply. 

  • Review and complete the Employer Organizational Learning Agreement to make the recruiting and hosting relationship official; return it to the Internship Manager.
  • Complete the Employer Decision form once you have interviewed and selected your DU intern; return it to the Internship Manager. This applies if you and your student would like to aim for a credit bearing experience that will count towards the student’s degree requirements.  

Employer Resources

Credit versus Non-Credit Interns

Our Internship Managers can assist employers to create credit or non-credit bearing internships that aim at meeting the Bureau of Labor and Statistics federal internship guidelines.  Developing a detailed work description relevant to a students degree program is the best first step towards a credit bearing opportunity.  

A non-credit internship is typically basic in nature, or off timing for the academic semester, and is a relationship between you and the student, not subject to the same paperwork and deadlines as the for-credit process.  Post your internship description draft on PantherJobs above, or send to an Internship Manager for guidance on this decision and program flexibility.