Full-time LHE students complete 16 credit hours of internship over the course of their program. This equates to two academic years of internship, with the second year internship in a different area from the first year internship. Each yearly internship requires approximately 20 hours of work per week and carries a $10,000 stipend (or $20,000 for the two-year program). The professional nature of some internships require extended time outside of office hours as determined by the supervisor. Due to the extra time commitment with Residence Life, internships with a Hall Director component are approximately 25 hours per week and carry additional benefits.
- Provide students with an opportunity to apply the developmental theory, research and leadership skills from their coursework in a real-world setting under the supervision of an experienced campus administrator.
- Encourage students to explore and understand the advantages of integrating the work of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to offer maximum support for all college students.
- Inform students of the responsibilities and competencies needed for the variety of duties professionals in higher education perform.
- Raise awareness of the ethical, legal and political forces that shape the operations of different college and university offices.
Internship Selection Process
All full-time students for the LHE program interview for and receive an internship position at Baldwin Wallace University in the spring prior to enrollment.
First year students are offered internships on the Baldwin Wallace University campus. Second year students hold internships at BW, and may also have the opportunity to intern with a partner college on another campus. Some of the partner institutions are Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College.
Internships for Part-Time Students
The LHE program has a part-time enrollment option for professionals already employed full-time at a college or university. The program requires 16 credit hours of internship. Part of these hours may be waived based on a review of professional higher education experience.
Part-time students complete their internship experiences at their current place of employment. Their current position may be expanded to serve as an internship site, or they may secure an approved internship in another department at the college or university where they are employed. The internship must be specifically designated and clearly differentiated from the other work of the position to provide new learning experiences, and the employee needs to be in the current position for one year.