Internship Information for Faculty
What Is An Internship?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that empowers students to integrate knowledge and theory learned throughout the curriculum with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Thus, a meaningful internship is a partnership between Centre College and a host employer, collaboratively defined and guided by the student, a faculty internship mentor (if the student is receiving credit), and an on-site supervisor from the host employer. To ensure that an experience is educational and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:
• The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained through the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the host employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
• The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
• The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
• There are clearly developed learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
• There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
• There is routine feedback by the experienced on-site supervisor.
• There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, December 19, 2011)
Academic vs. Non-Academic Internships
A student may choose to earn academic credit while completing an internship. The student is required to have a faculty sponsor in order to receive academic credit. Career Services facilitates the process while the academic faculty sponsor evaluates the work. If a student chooses not to earn academic credit, the student does not need a faculty mentor nor does the student need to complete extra paperwork
In order to be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship, the student must:
1) be a junior or senior and have at least 54 credit hours by the start date of the internship. (Exceptions may be approved by the Associate Dean in rare circumstances.)
2) complete the academic-credit internship contract before the start date of the internship.
• The internship is graded on a credit/no-credit basis. The credit may not be applied toward any major or minor requirements, but may be applied to the total number for credits needed for graduation.
• The grade will not factor into a student’s GPA.
• The final grade will be based on the completion of all required internship hours, the academic components, and any paperwork required by Career Services (timecards, evaluations, etc.), as well as a satisfactory final evaluation completed by the site supervisor.
• To earn three (3) credit hours of course credit for INT 400, the student must work a minimum of hours:
Fall/Spring/Summer : 120 hours (10 per week)
Centreterm: 120 hours (35-40 hours per week for three to four weeks)
• To earn two (2) credit hours of course credit for INT 400, the student must work a minimum of hours:
Fall/Spring : 120 hours (10 per week)
• There may be one-credit internship options during the summer for those students whose employers require them to receive academic credit or for students whose visas require academic credit for Curricular Practical Training.
Faculty Mentors are responsible for evaluating a student’s internship performance and assigning a grade of credit/no credit. A student’s experience is evaluated by the organizational supervisor’s written evaluation, as well as completed academic assignments, including readings, written assignments, and the final presentation.
• A minimum of two relevant readings (books, articles, etc.) must be assigned.
• The written component should be an integration of the academic readings and work experience. Please be as specific as possible about the assignment topic.
• The final written product must be a minimum of 8 pages total.
• Sample projects may include (but are not limited to):
• Final paper
• Guided substantive journals
• Projects/work sample portfolio
• Annotated bibliography
• Book and article reviews
Each student must complete a final presentation at the end of the internship, and Faculty Mentors attend their students’ presentations. The Faculty Mentor assists the student in selecting a final topic for the internship, which may include (but is not limited to):
• An analysis of the experience.
• A focus on a topic important to the field.
• A review of the research completed.
General Responsibilities of the Parties
• Work with student to develop internship objectives and the academic component tying the internship experience to the student’s academic goals.
• Check in with the student regularly through meetings and email.
• Read and evaluate all written material.
• Attend the student’s final presentation.
• Assign the final grade for the internship.
• Work on the days and times agreed upon with the supervisor.
• Complete all assignments, tasks and projects at the internship site in a timely manner.
• Conform to the regulations and dress code of the internship organization.
• Maintain confidentiality of internship organization.
• Notify supervisor of planned absences before internship takes place.
• Notify Career Services immediately should any problems arise during the course of the internship, including concerns regarding lack of substantive work assignments.
• Complete the required time cards and evaluations and submit to Career Services by midterm and the end of the internship.
• Complete academic readings and assignments and turn in to faculty mentor by the last day of classes.
• Monitor the internship for quality assurance as it relates to both the intern and internship site.
• Ensure that at least 70% of the intern’s time is spent on substantive projects.
• Provide organization/supervisor with student evaluation forms.
• Provide students with internship site evaluation forms.
• Notify student of obligations and monitor students’ compliance during the course of the internship.
• Act as liaison between the student, faculty mentor and internship supervisor and assist in resolving any problems that might arise during the course of the internship.
• Comply with all state and federal labor laws.
• Provide a working environment which allows the student to gain experience relevant to the field.
• Provide regular feedback to students through regular meetings and email.
• Provide the intern with a schedule comprised of no less than 70% substantive work.
• Provide the intern with a desk, computer and/or other necessary tools in order to effectively complete internship responsibilities.
• Provide intern with information regarding the internship site policies and procedures regarding the dress code; professional, legal and ethical behavior; emergency preparedness, etc.
• Notify Career Services in a timely and reasonable manner if any problems arise, particularly those that might result in the dismissal/termination of the intern.
• Evaluate the student’s performance at mid-term and at the end of the internship and submit the evaluation form to Career Services.