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Requesting a New Community Partner

 A University Community Partnership Agreement is important because it establishes guidelines and policies for a quality internship experience. If you want to work with a particular organization that is not on the database, you may fill out a request to have them added. See the steps below: 

Step 1: Submit a Request

  1. Consult with your faculty supervisor to discuss if the organization is an appropriate site to complete your hours.
  2. Once you receive approval from your supervisor, complete the "Request Community Partner" online form. Please make sure the contact information is correct before submitting.
  3. Once your request is received and evaluated, we will reach out to the organization to establish a partnership within 48 hours of receiving the form. At this time, please keep in touch with the organization to make sure they are completing the necessary paperwork and submitting it to our office.
  4. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, the site will be added to the database and you will be able to make your placement. 

Step 2: Make a Temporary Placement

After submiting a request, make a temporary placement in the site "Pending Approval from Office of Internships" in the database. This site serves as a placeholder and will inform your instructor that you have submitted a request. For placement instructions, review the Internship Placement Instructions

We will contact the requested site to begin the partnership process within 48 hours of receiving the form. This process can take several weeks as we require the following from the internship site: 1) A request for university community partnership and 2) A signed partnership agreement. Please work with your site to ensure they have submitted the requested information. Once we have obtained all necessary documentation, your site will be uploaded and you will be contacted directly. 

If we do not hear back from your site or if they refuse to sign the agreement, you may still proceed with your internship with the following steps:

  1. Ensure the internship site is approved by your faculty instructor.
  2. Make a placement in the database under the site, “Pending Approval from Office of Internships”.
  3. Know that by proceeding with this internship, you assume full responsibility and liability while interning at the unapproved site. It is important to review the University Liability Waiver during the placement process.

For more information about requesting a community partner, see the Internships Student Frequently Asked Questions page.