I feel that a big concern is that we cannot find internships that provide strictly "HRD training" in the workplace, because companies have cut back on their training budgets. 

Remember: You are not necessarily looking for an internship within an HRD department; you are looking for an HRD project.
  • Most organizations could use the work that an HRD professional does regardless of budgetary or other constraints. 

I have been networking/inquiring with some people I know in corporate America about internships, and I do not know if I can get a paid internship.   

  • Many internships are unpaid
  • Some internships are paid at minimum wage
  • Some internships give the intern certain perks related to what the company produces, sells, etc.
  • A few internships are paid
  • When approaching someone with an internship idea, do not offer outright to do it for no pay

Regardless of whether or not you are paid for your internship, remember to thank your sponsor upon completion of your internship (in your own workplace or in external site), and to request a letter of recommendation from your sponsor.

If we do not find an internship for the needed semester right before graduation, how do we go about changing the graduation form I turned in that explains that I plan on graduating the following semester, for example?

Talk to Enrollment Services about the process.

Will I be able to talk to my professor during the semester if I have any questions regarding the project I am doing for the internship?

Absolutely! That is one reason why you have a seminar component and why HRD 329 is under the supervision of an HRD professor.

Are we going to consistently need to make appointments with the HRD-329 professor? Can specific questions be answered in class? Is email an appropriate form of communicating for the internship during this semester?

  • With all HRD professors, please follow their preferred communication guidelines 

Are there any places that should not be chosen as an internship site?

Keep the entire process safe, ethical, and legal so that you and NEIU are proud of the important work that you will have done during your undergraduate studies.