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Overview of the Toppel Internship Program:

The Toppel Internship Program will provide students who have already secured an internship with the opportunity to earn a 1-credit transcript notation that will be visible on University of Miami transcripts. The University of Miami Internship (UMI) course, offered fall, spring, and summer, will allow you to have work experience related to your major, career path, or possible career path/interest and it will provide recognition of the internship experience on your official transcript. * The University of Miami Internship course (UMI) is offered at no cost to the Toppel Internship Program participants.

Students participate in the Toppel Internship Program for many reasons:

  • To receive official University recognition for the internship
  • To satisfy employer requirements
  • To develop stronger career-related skills and become a more knowledgeable and competitive candidate for future jobs and internships
  • To evaluate the internship site for future UM interns
  • To communicate to the employer that the internship experience is sponsored by the University

Important: Before beginning an internship, students must complete the steps outlined below and ensure they meet the requirements of the program.

Types of Internships:

Students can participate in the following two types of internships

  • Part-Time Internship requiring at least 160 working hours. (UMI 105, 205, 305, 405, 605)
    • Over the course of a 16 week semester, this would be about 10 hours per week
  • Full-Time Internship requiring at least 320 working hours. (UMI 110, 210, 310, 410, 610)
    • Over the course of a 10-13 week semester (Summer 1 is 5 weeks, Summer 2 is 5 weeks), this would be about 25-32 hours per week

*Full-time internships during the fall/spring semesters are not encouraged as all our participants must have full-time enrollment at the university. The Toppel Career Center will only approve these kinds of internships on a case by case basis*

Enrollment Requirements:

During the Fall/Spring, students should maintain a full academic course load (at least 12 hours). Participants will be required to submit a copy of their schedule to show enrollment.

During the Summer, students are able to participate while taking a semester off from an academic course load, since the Office of the Registrar identifies Students enrolled full-time for both the Fall and Spring semesters are considered full-time for enrollment purposes for the calendar year August to August, regardless of enrollment in summer courses.”  

Toppel Internship Program (TIP) Requirements:

Steps 1-4 must be completed PRIOR to starting your internship:

Step 1: Secure the internship

Step 2: Contact the Toppel Career Center to ensure that internship experience meets Toppel requirements (company, content of internship, hours, etc) via email at
toppel-internships@miami.edu

Step 3: Attend the MANDATORY ORIENTATION SESSION. You can view the available dates and times by logging into HireACane.com and searching Events →Workshops → TIP Orientation.

Step 3a: For International Students requiring CPT, you should speak to your advisor at ISSS to determine what steps you need to take to obtain the CPT work authorization, as well as visit the website.

Step 4: Complete necessary paperwork provided at Orientation to be successfully registered with the Toppel Internship Program and registered for the UMI Course.

*NOTE: For legal purposes, transcript notation cannot be filed retroactively. Steps 1-4 must be completed PRIOR to start of internship.    

Step 5: Begin Internship

Step 6: Complete a Midway Evaluation via HireACane.com.

Step 7: At end of the internship, complete remaining requirements as reviewed during Orientation.

Step 8: Attend a MANDATORY REFLECTION SESSION at the completion of the internship


Frequently Asked Questions:

I want to complete another internship through TIP, do I need to attend Orientation again?
No, since we have your Orientation of Certificate Attendance, we can verify you've completed Orientation before. You will need to ensure that when you've completed your new learning contract through HireACane, that you email us at toppel-internships@miami.edu to let us know.


I'm an International Student and I need to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT), what should I do?
You should first speak with your ISSS Advisor to determine whether the Toppel Internship Program is the right option for you. If yes, you'll need to attend a TIP Orientation session and work with the Assistant Director for Internships to obtain your CPT letter. This process can take 3-5 for Toppel to generate the letter and enroll you in the program, and it can take ISSS 3-5 days to process the work authorization. Do not wait until the last moment!


I need 120 credits to graduate, and have 119 left, will the Toppel Internship Program and UMI course satisfy that last credit?
No, it won't. The Toppel Internship Program offers a 1 credit transcript notation. The UMI course, while having some requirements outside your actual internship does not count toward your GPA or toward graduation credits


I submitted a learning contract but I'm no longer going to be interning at that company, or I found a new company to work at, what should I do?
Email toppel-internships@miami.edu to let us know that you are no longer working at the original internship. We will make note of that, however we may not delete that learning contract right away. If you are working at a new company, let us know via email and submit a new learning contract with the new information.


I participated in the Toppel Internship Program previously and I have an Incomplete/No Grade on my transcript. What should I do?
This is likely due to missing requirements for the TIP program. We typically send out several emails to remind participants about the remaining requirements; however we will be happy to check on your status if you email us at toppel-internships@miami.edu.


How to get involved:

If you are a student who may be an ideal candidate for the Toppel Internship Program, please contact Anna Kenney at 305-284-1809 or toppel-internships@miami.edu for further assistance.
 
Toppel Career Center
 
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610