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.
Unpaid Internships at For-Profit Companies