Students gain insight and honors credits for internships in HON 484

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September 26, 2018

As an honors student, you likely are aware of the benefits of engaging in internship opportunities. You can explore professional options, gain valuable work experience, and beef up your resume.

But, did you know that you also can earn upper division honors credits for your internship experience through a course titled HON 484, which is offered every fall and spring semester?

HON 484 meets four times per semester. In class, students are required to discuss their internship experiences. Assignments include making journal entries and completing reading assignments.  In order to receive internship credit, it is required that your internship takes place during the same semester for which you are enrolled in the class. You receive credits based on the number of hours you spend working at your internship throughout the semester; 90 to 134 hours equals two credits. More than 134 hours equals three credits.

Enrollment in HON 484 is on a first come, first served basis and applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 semester.

“It (HON 484) give students a chance to get credit for on the job training and helps them get the most out of their internships. The classroom portion focuses on ensuring students are engaged and actively participating in their internships, so it requires presentations on what they are doing and discussion of what they hope to get out of the internship and how they might accomplish it,” said Adam Rigoni, a member of the honors college faculty who is teaching the class.  

Nicholas DiGiuseppi

Barrett student Nicholas DiGiuseppi says internships are important in determining your professional path.

Participating in HON 484 has been an enlightening experience for Nicholas DiGiuseppi, a Barrett student majoring in business and data analytics.

“The class has helped me get more out of my internship experience by making me dig deeper into the reasons for doing internships. I have had to really think about what I want to accomplish in internships and what I want to pursue as a career,” he said.

Since mid-August, DiGiuseppi has been interning at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix for 12 hours per week.

DiGiuseppi’s work at TGen focuses on reviewing and organizing data for clinical trials involving research on age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Over the summer, DiGiuseppi interned at WebMD Health Services in Portland, Ore. for 40 hours per week. He was part of an analytics team that created and managed data for client wellness programs. He helped gather, analyze and report health assessment data.

DiGiuseppi encourages fellow students to complete internships for personal development and to determine a professional direction.

“It is important for a student to complete an internship for a couple of reasons. One reason is to learn about what type of work your major brings to you post-graduation. By having an internship during your undergraduate years, you can personally ask yourself, Do I enjoy this work? or Can I see myself doing this type of work in 5,10, 20 years?,” he said.

Internships also help students network with potential employers.

“Having an internship and experience makes a student appealing to an employer. By having an internship or two completed before you graduate, it demonstrates to an employer that you have more practical experience,” DiGiuseppi said.

“While up at WebMD this summer, some of the managers told me that having an internship is just as vital to a student in college as the actual degree they are receiving. An internship shows that you can take ideas you have learned and produce material in a professional setting. Internships are an essential part to determining what your future entails.”






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