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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: 

Steps for Requesting a New Community Partner

  1. Receive approval from your instructor: Consult with your internship course instructor to discuss if the internship is approrpriate and meets the objectives related to the internship course.

  2. Submit a "Request Community Partner" Form: 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. Make a temporary placement: The Office of Internships will contact your site supervisor with information to establish a Univeristy Community Parntership Agreement within 48 hours of receiving your form. In the meantime, 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

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: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. 

  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.