Do you currently have a part-time or a full-time job? If yes, take a look at the seven criteria that defines an internship to see if your employment situation can also incorporate an experiential learning opportunity. In short, those criteria are:
- 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.
If you want to explore this option, please schedule an appointment with the Internship Coordinator, Ned Khatrichettri to learn more. We can brainstorm ways to frame a conversation with your supervisor so it can be mutually beneficial.