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An internship is a professional-level learning experience in the workplace. It provides an opportunity to apply learning from the classroom in a real situation.

  • May be paid or unpaid
  • May be full- or part-time
  • May be local, national, or international
  • May be for academic credit or non-credit (Immigration laws require that international students register for credit).

An internship is a pre-professional career training experience with intentional learning goals. Internships provide real world experience to help students explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter a particular career field.

Internships are relatively short term in nature with the primary focus on getting some on-the-job training and taking what's learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world. A site supervisor assigns specific tasks and evaluates the overall work of the intern. If the internship is for college credit an internship coordinator or faculty advisor will work along with the site supervisor to ensure that the necessary learning is taking place.

Internships may be full or part-time, paid or unpaid positions and generally are a three to six month experience. An internship is a credit-bearing course with objectives related to one's educational goals that has academic rigor.  The intern should expect to set objectives, report on progress made and make reflections on what has been learned.