An internship is a monitored work experience that has intentional learning outcomes and goals for students.
- The intent is for you to learn from a professional in an intended career field.
- Ideally, the internship host provides educationally enriching projects with learning objectives, mentoring, evaluation, quality training and supervision.
- The majority of job assignments should relate to your major or career interests with minimal assignments involving clerical work.
Types of Internships:
Any of these types can be done during a regular semester (Fall, Spring - even Winter) or during summer break.
Traditional (Private or Public Sector) – These internship are almost entirely completed at the organization's site. Some travel to off-site locations may be required.
Virtual – These internships are done from a remote setting so you are not physically present at the internship location. Technology is highly utilized and regular face-to-face meetings with your supervisor should occur in a public location.
Research – Sometimes called "research internships", they are generally different from traditional internships. In these experiences, you will undertake research for a particular organization. The results of the research study is usually compiled into a formal report and presented to the organization's leadership and, possibly, to your department faculty.
Externships – These are extremely short-term experiences, typically one week or less. They can also be known as a job shadow.
How is a Part-time Job Different?
Consider this scenario:
If a student is learning about marketing from the Marketing Director (and completes marketing projects under supervision), it is an internship.
If a student is doing the marketing for the organization, it is a part-time job.
(Doing the marketing for an organization is a great experience, but it is not an internship!)
A part-time job is a form of employment where an individual is hired, usually with a desired skill set, to perform a task. The intentional learning to the part-time worker is minimal and mentorship usually does not exist. One is simply hired to do a job.
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