UT Arlington’s Internship Program is designed to match students’ educational goals with career related experience in which the intern works and gains practical knowledge that reinforces their academic learning. The position must meet the academic component of the definition to be listed as an internship.
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Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship
To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
- The internship must provide supervision for students on a regular basis, with arrangements made for situations where work is done remotely.
- The position must be located in a commercial setting and NOT in a private residence or home office.
- It does not require students to make investments or cash deposits or involve students purchasing inventory or product for resale.
- The internship must not be structured so that students have financial liability for the work of others.
- The position must not be strictly commission-based; in cases where commission is involved; there must be additional compensation and a structured learning component.