General Guidelines: Summer School and Summer Practicum

Degree seeking students enrolled in summer school are required to work at least 10 hours per week. Summer Practicum students are on campus to work, usually 40 hours. The emphasis of a summer practicum is on work and the learning outcomes (transferable and specific) that are derived from engaging in a practical educational experience. All students participating in the Labor Program during the summer are paid a standard rate of $8.20 per hour. The following chart describes labor options during the summer:

Term Course Credit # of weeks Minimum Hours Reuirement Maximum Hours Allowance Scholarship Payment Rate
Summer School
(4 week session)
1-1.5* 4 10 per week 20 per week $8.20
Summer School
(8 week session)
Up to 1.5 8 10 per week 40 per week $8.20
2.5 8 10 per week 20 per week $8.20
Summer Practicum   Up to 13 10 per week 40 per week $8.20

*Implies registration in an 8 week ¼ credit course

Important to Note:

  1. All students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  2. In order to employ students during the summer, labor departments must have allocated hours.
  3. Fees are assigned when a student is enrolled in summer school or in the summer practicum.

Graduating Seniors

Graduating Seniors must have met a minimum of 150 hours by the last day of classes during their last term of attendance. Students who are behind on this date will be required to complete community service hours to receive their academic transcripts. The Labor Office will notify students before they leave campus if community service is required of them. 

Students who are taking a summer course to satisfy a September graduation requirement are not eligible for a summer practicum or working more than 20 hours a week while enrolled in the summer class. Graduating seniors are not eligible to work beyond the last day of class. Once all course work is completed and degree requirements have been satisfied, students are no longer permitted to work through the Labor Program.

Summer Practicum Reassignment

Supervisors depend upon summer practicum workers for summer assistance and are unlikely to replace students after the summer has begun. As such, students are encouraged to take their commitments seriously and to inform supervisors of all summer plans (including class plans) prior to accepting a position so that it can be factored into the hiring decision. If a student leaves a summer practicum position under negative circumstances (e.g., does not fulfill his / her commitment, does not perform satisfactorily) the College reserves the right to deny the student the opportunity to secure another summer practicum position. As well, supervisors may submit a Student Labor Evaluation documenting the negative work performance. Even in cases of mutual release, students are expected to provide a two-week notice to the supervisor.

Summer Off-Campus Internship Funding

Students may be able to secure funding to work in their home or other communities during the summer. This funding not only allows students to maximize summer earnings by avoiding housing and transportation costs, but also allows them to give back to their communities through work and service. Funding is limited and summer internships for academic credit and those with non-profit government and service agencies are given priority. Once a student has identified an organization and secured an initial internship offer, the Internship Office will negotiate with the agency to contribute a portion- or in some cases all- of the hourly scholarship payment received through the payment process. Other considerations:

  • Must be registered for the upcoming fall term
  • Must not be registered for any class on-campus (no classes, unless the class registration is an internship)
  • Cannot be on any type of probation
  • Cannot be paid twice for the same position (e.g., funded through Bonner Scholars and the Labor Program)
  • Must be processed as CPT for international students
  • Normally a minimum of 8 weeks, maximum of 10 weeks
  • Available for domestic experiences only
  • Priority will be given to student seeking academic credit especially in federally recognized non-profit government and service agencies

If not for academic credit, the agency supervisor over the internship will be required to complete an evaluation of the student’s performance and the student will be required to complete the summer version of the Labor Experience Evaluation.