An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theories learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. An internship provides students with an opportunity to develop their competencies as professionals in their area of study, while still being identified as learners, rather than solely as employees. Students earn academic credit and are evaluated according to a job description that is incorporated into a course.
This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty member of the student's educational institution and by a designated employee of the host organization. The work/learning experience is usually the length of a semester, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. Academic learning objectives are integral to the internship, distinguishing them from volunteer positions or jobs. An Internship requires some form of reflection where students apply theories and concepts to their on-the-job experience to improve their performances as professionals."
Many students choose to participate in what they and employers consider an experiential internship. The purpose of the experiential internship is to gain experience. There is no credit associated with it and therefore, no faculty supervision. The relationship and contract is solely between the individual student intern and the host site. Students often choose to do an experiential internship if they do not need or want to pay for credit, or if they are interested in exploring areas outside of their academic field. Because of the lack of the academic component and supervision, students who choose this type of experience are cautioned to research each opportunity carefully to assess its value.
Are Your Student Interns Mandated Reporters?
Minnesota law requires workers in a number of professions, including health care, social service, psychological treatment, child care, education, corrections, law enforcement and clergy, to report suspected child maltreatment. To help mandated reporters better understand the law and reporting requirements, An Interactive Informational Guide for Mandated Reporting is now available. This comprehensive training is organized in six modules: an overview of Minnesota's child protection system, the intersection of poverty and neglect and a discussion of racial disparities, the basics of mandated reporting, physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The training is flexible, allowing users to navigate to any module at any time. After downloading the file, users are advised that if the navigation toolbar does not display at the bottom of the screen, to reduce the computer's task bar. Using the mouse, place the cursor on the top edge of the task bar until a double-headed arrow appears. Then drag downwards to collapse the toolbar and a navigation toolbar for the presentation will become visible. Visually impaired users can obtain the same information in this text-only document (PDF).
Internship Site Visits-Fact or Fiction
Could Adobe Connect Professional be the answer to your internship site visit dilemma?
Adobe Connect is an online Web Conferencing and collaboration tool. It provides multimedia capabilities that can be used for many activities such as meetings with internship hosts, group work, online office hours and interactive classes.
Getting Started with Adobe Connect Professional 7 Guide (PDF)
Getting Started Guide for Participants (PDF)
Contact: Your College/Department Technician to request access to Adobe Connect
This form (PDF) is required for all students doing an international internship, or other international activity, and must be turned in to The Center for International Studies prior to departure, along with a copy of the passport and a flight itinerary. In addition, an insurance card for $68 must be purchased.
The Center for International Studies will register the student with the American Embassy and will keep the student's emergency contact information for central filing in case of an emergency.
Please note* All students engaged in an international activity credit-bearing or non-credit bearing (arranged by a faculty member or department) are considered students for liability purposes, if there is a tie to SCSU, for the activity abroad.
For questions or more information contact the Center for International Studies at 320-308-4287.
Looking for a forum to discuss issues relevant to the administration of internship programs and the teaching of internship classes? Connect with over 800 subscribers to The Internship-Net listserv started in 1995 by Michael True, Director of the Internship Center at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.
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3) In the Body of the email, type "subscribe internship-net first name last name" (without the quotes and using individual’s first and last name).
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“My choice to meet with Career Services was by far the best move I could make in helping my search for internships. I entered the office having explored very little on my part and left with a good understanding of where to look to increase my success with many areas explored in the internship meeting. The communication does not end with your visit and since the people in Career Services are dedicated to all students who seek help, you will surely have many options available to you."
Dan- Major ETS