An internship is a limited (usually 2-3 months), one-time work or service experience in a career field, under the supervision of a practicing professional, with a specific learning agenda designed to give a student exposure and experience to prepare the student to enter that field.
Internships may be classified as:
While many companies offer paid internships, not all do. The matter of remuneration is at the discretion of the employer and the student (adhering to current minimum wage requirements). However, employers should recognize that oftentimes students must leave or decline part time work in order to participate in an internship. Also, a salary, even small, will likely generate greater interest among students. Furthermore, interns often contribute significantly to the company’s operations and are deserving of compensation.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average salary for non-technical, undergraduate internships in 2001 was $13.06. Under U. S. Dept of Labor standards, an intern may be considered to be a regular employee, and thereby entitled to compensation, unless certain conditions are met. Among those conditions are 1) the position is considered as a training experience, similar to that offered in a vocational school; 2) the training is for the benefit of the student; 3) the student does not displace regular employees, but works under the close supervision of a regular employee; 4) the employer gains no immediate advantage from the student’s work; 5) the student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training; and 6) the employer and student agree that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent training.
Internships that do not involve academic credit may be arranged by the student and the employer. The work may involve as many hours as the student desires. In this case, the internship is identical to a part-time paid or unpaid work position. Internships for which a student is seeking academic credit must be arranged by the student in consultation with his academic advisor. The student completes an Internship Request Form and, with the academic advisor, determines learning objectives, supervision guidelines, numbers of hours and credit units, and reports/work product to be submitted to the academic advisor.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers has evaluated internship programs and has identified a number of practices for educational institutions, employers and students that should always be present for a successful internship program:
The Master's University recommends that no more than 40% of the work performed by students involved in internships for academic credit be consist of routine administrative duties.
Employers who wish to offer internship positions to students of The Master's University may do so by going directly onto the college website at www.masters.edu. From the main page, navigate to Campus Services, then to Student Career Center. On the Office of Student Employment and Professional Development webpage, select The Master's University Job Board. On the Job Board page, an employer first establishes an identification record, and obtains an Employer Identification Number. Using that ID Number, the employer may then enter current and future internship or job positions.
For questions regarding the internship program of The Master's University, contact the Office of Student Employment and Professional Development at (800) 568-6248 ext. 3716 or OSEPD@masters.edu.