Theoretically, an internship is a carefully monitored work
experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals.
The individual must actively reflect on what is learned throughout
- Academic learning - Apply knowledge learned in the
classroom to the workplace.
- Career development - More thoroughly understand your
field of interest while gaining real work experience
- Skills development - Understand and improve the skills
required in the workplace, including decision-making and critical
- Personal development - Increase your confidence and
build your self-esteem.
The important element that distinguishes an internship from a
short-term job or community service is the intentional "learning
An internship is:
- A well-planned learning experience.
- A combination of career development and academic learning.
- An excellent way to prepare for life after college.
An internship is not:
- Getting academic credit for your current part-time job.
- Getting academic credit for a completely career-oriented
- Making copies and getting coffee.