Internships & Community Engagement

Expectations of Agencies

In order to be considered a suitable internship site, the agencies must meet the following expectations:

  • The agency should provide supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background.

  • The agency should provide a meaningful learning experience that entails applying knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not simply advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.

  • The skills or knowledge learned should be transferable to other employment settings.

  • The dates of the internships should correspond to the academic calendar and have a defined beginning and end.

  • The agency and faculty mentor should reach clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework and career aspirations.

  • The agency should provide routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.

  • The agency should provide resources, equipment, and facilities necessary to support learning objectives/goals.

  • The agency, faculty mentor, and student should reach the same understanding about whether monetary compensation will be provided, and whether the internship could lead to employment.

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