What is an Internship?
An Internship is:
- Carefully monitored work or volunteer experience that emphasizes intentional learning goals for the student and active reflection on what is being learned through the experience.
- An on-site, meaningful learning experience that engages students in the process of exploring career goals and fields of interests.
- A planned, structured, supervised experience that enables students to develop skills for organizing information and solving routine problems as is expected of practicing professionals in their discipline.
- An opportunity to be supervised by a professional (trained in the same discipline as the internship) who routinely uses a professional level of knowledge, skills, and judgment.
- A chance to learn technical skills, think and perform as a professional, and develop a network of professional contacts.
An Internship is not:
- Unsupervised, non-evaluated experiences that have no identified learning goals and offer no professional training.
- Routine, repetitive, "busy work" tasks unrelated to the learning objectives established for the student.
- A job that does not offer career-related learning opportunities and experiences.
- An experience of simply doing tasks in a workplace, rather than learning and growing professionally.
Evidence That Internships Lead to Jobs
Employment rate of 2013 graduates currently in the job market by internship participation: