M.S. Internships - NIU - Nursing


Internships for Nursing (M.S.)

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Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

Information about special tuition waivers for graduate students are found at this website: http://www.grad.niu.edu/grad/financing/tuition_waiver/tuition/waiverinfo.pdf

The graduate internship waiver program will be phased out between Fall 2014 and Summer 2017. The phase-out plan allows students who began or will begin their programs prior to Summer 2013 to be eligible for the waiver for all hours in which they are enrolled through Summer 2017. Students admitted to a program in Summer 2013 or later will be eligible to receive the waiver for up to 9 hours of internship hours through Summer 2017. After Summer 2017, the internship waiver program will cease to exist.

Those who are qualified to receive internship waivers, should complete the form posted on this part of the website and submit it to the nursing program office for validation well in advance of the start of each semester. After the program signs off on the form, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment Office as noted on the form. You can also find the form here: http://www.chhs.niu.edu/about/scholarships/documents/GraduateWaiver.pdf

Procedures for Notification of Intent to Enroll in Internships

All graduate students are required to notify Connie Uhlken (cuhlken@niu.edu), the Nursing Program Coordinator, of intent to enroll in a nursing internship one year prior to taking their first internship. Intent to enroll is submitted on the Internship Intent Form for your specialization (listed above). Deadlines for requests are: October 1st for fall internships, March 1st for spring internships, and May 1st for summer internships. See further details below:

The procedure is as follows:

  1. One year prior to the first internship, submit a signed completed paper copy of the Internship Intent form for your specialization (listed above) to Connie Uhlken, the Nursing Program Coordinator, in Room 190 at the School of Nursing (Located at 1240 Normal Rd. in Dekalb). You must also attach a copy of your signed planned sequence of courses form; you should have developed this official program of study plan for taking courses in collaboration with your faculty adviser soon after admission to the program.
  2. If your plans for taking an internship change, notify the Nursing Program Coordinator no later than the end of Week Two of the semester immediately preceding your planned internship.  You must submit a revised Internship Intent Form and a revised and approved planned sequence of courses form.
  3. All nursing graduate students should contact the Internship Coordinator, Ms. Traci Costigan (costigan@niu.edu), immediately after the Intent form is approved by Connie Uhlken to begin locating preceptors for the internships. You will be notified by e-mail (sent to your NIU e-mail address) when your Intent Form has been approved.
  4. This is the only time you need to notify the nursing program about your internship plans unless your plans change! NOTE: However, each student must consult with the Internship Coordinator regarding a clinical preceptor for EACH internship.
  5. For each internship, contact the faculty member assigned to teach the internship by March 30th (for summer or fall internships) or October 30th (for spring internships) to discuss and submit your internship planning packet information and objectives. Approval of the final internship materials is made by the assigned faculty member who will be teaching the internship, and is necessary prior to your enrollment in each internship.

Notice! One year prior to your first internship, you must submit your Internship Intent form and your approved program of study/sequence of courses form for your specialization by the deadlines listed above. 

Any questions regarding this procedure may be directed to either Connie Uhlken or Dr. Judi Hertz (jhertz@niu.edu).