Defining an Internship

Nazareth considers employers to be educational partners: mentoring students, teaching real-world skills and preparing graduates to enter the job market.

To ensure that an internship is a "guided learning experience", and thus eligible to be considered legitimate for academic credit, the following criteria must be met.  The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) gives us a great definition:

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, 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 in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the 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 defined 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 supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

*Students earning academic credit for internships must be at sites that are not in a private residence or attached to a personal home.

Non-Traditional Internships

Unpaid Internships at For-Profit Companies
Virtual/Remote Internships
student interns at news desk

Fast Facts

  • Nazareth student interns must spend at least 10 weeks (8 weeks in the summer) AND at least 120 hours of time at their internship site.
  • Students are enrolled in a course and complete a variety of academic assignments as a part of the internship experience.
  • Interns will request time with supervisors to establish relationships, identify expectations, set goals, explore challenges, etc.     
  • Supervisors will be asked to provide feedback near the mid-point of the experience through a site visit, virtual meeting or email check-in.
  • Sites are asked to complete a performance evaluation with their intern at the close of the internship.