NonProfit Internship Program FAQ

What is the Nonprofit Internship Program?

The Nonprofit Internship Program grants students 6 or 12 credit hours for completing a part-time or full-time internship during the fall, spring or summer academic semesters. This program is designed for students from degree programs that do not presently offer an internship opportunity for academic credit. If you are from such a program and would like to gain valuable experience in a nonprofit organization, you are welcome to apply.

What types of internships qualify for NPI?

Examples of past internship focus areas include child development, juvenile justice, health services, education, counseling, elder services, domestic abuse, poverty, homelessness, environment, government, disaster service and more. All internships require approval before the start of the semester.

How many hours will I need to complete at my internship?

Interns must complete a set number of hours beginning with the first week of the semester and continuing until the last week of the semester. The number of hours for part-time or full-time internships varies for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please see the application form for the specific number of hours required for the semester you wish to apply.

How do I secure an internship?

Students are responsible for securing an internship that meets the requirements of the NPI Program. Applicants who are interested in NPI should submit an application by the deadline even if they have not yet secured an internship. All applicants will meet with representatives from the Center for Leadership and Social Change who can provide advice and guidance on how to search for and request an internship at a non-profit agency that matches their interests.

What course prefix and number will be on my transcript?

The course prefix and number will be CHD 4944 for undergraduate courses.

How do I register for this course?

Once you have been accepted in the program and placed with an agency, we will register you for the course by add/drop date.

Who pays for the 6 or 12 credit hours?

Since this is a course that you will register for and receive academic credit, you are responsible for paying the fees for this course as you would any other course.

My department requires internship hours; will my department accept the hours for your program?

Typically, students use the internship hours as elective credits. If your department requires internship credit, they probably have their own program (with course #) in place to serve your needs. We will gladly provide any necessary information about our program upon request from your department.

Besides tuition, are there any other costs related to this internship?

Many of the agencies and public schools that we work with require background checks which can cost approximately 100 additional dollars. These costs are an additional expense.

I am trying to raise my grade point average; can I take this course for a letter grade instead of S or U?

This course is only for a pass or fail grade. You will receive either an S or U.

Are all of the internships work hours scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.?

While many of our agencies work hours do fall within traditional hours, we also have some agencies that are open 24 hours per day. Thus, there are some evening and weekend hours available. The hours are usually determined based on the needs of the agency. You will have the opportunity to discuss your schedule with your site supervisor.

Can I use the hours for this internship for my ServScript?

Yes, these hours can also be part of your ServScript, as long as you are not being paid for your internship.

Will this internship qualify for the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society?

Yes, this internship can qualify for the Internship and/or Service engagement areas for the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society (GGSS). To learn more about GGSS, please visit https://garnetandgoldscholar.fsu.edu.

Is it mandatory that the internships are in the Big Bend area or even the United States?

This internship program requires the interns to be placed within the Big Bend region.

Can I register for this internship program twice?

You may take up to 12 hours of academic credit with this internship program; thus it is possible to enroll in two part-time internships during different semesters.

I am graduating this semester but plan to stay in Tallahassee until the end of the next semester when my lease is up. Can I intern with the program?

No, you must be a currently enrolled student to participate in the program.

Can I still apply if the deadline has passed?

Please e-mail Heather Stitely at hstitely@admin.fsu.edu if you have secured an internship for the upcoming semester which you feel qualifies for the NPI Program but the application deadline has passed. Acceptance is not guaranteed for applications submitted past the deadline.

Who can I contact for additional information?

E-mail Heather Stitely at hstitely@admin.fsu.edu with any questions about the Nonprofit Internship Program.