Faculty Guide to Internships
What is an Internship?
- An internship is usually a formal program that provides practical experience for beginners in a specific occupation of profession.
- They are typically short-term work assignments related to you major or career of interest.
- Commonly take place during the summer months, though there are many internships available the during the rest of the year.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid.
Ideas for Best Practice
- Internship Coordinator/Faculty Responsibilities
- Verify the student meets departmental requirements for an internship.
- Determine and discuss how the proposed internship is relevant to the student’s educational objectives and merits academic credit.
- Assist students in creating appropriate learning objectives that must be met during the internship.
- Address all academic issues related to the internship.
- Provide students with appropriate academic assignments related to the internship placement.
- Be available to the student throughout the internship in order to appraise progress and address concerns and questions.
- Upon request, meet with site supervisors to discuss internship placement.
- Review the site supervisor’s evaluation and use as part of student’s final grade.
- Award credit and a final grade based on interns’ completion of assignments.