Thursday – January 18, 2018

What Is an Internship?


Criteria for an Experience to be Defined as an Internship

To ensure that an experience is eligible to be considered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as an internship, all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. 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.
     
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
     
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
     
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
     
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
     
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.  
     
  7. 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.