Internship Criteria and Guidelines
require a commitment from the host institution as well as the student. The National Society for Experiential
Education defines an internship as "a carefully monitored work or volunteer
experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects
actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience”.
Department of Labor (DOL) has developed six criteria for identifying a
The training, even though it includes actual
operation of the employer's facilities, is similar to training that would be
given in a vocational school.
The training is for the benefit of the student.
The student does not displace regular employees,
but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
The employer provides the training and derives
no immediate advantage from the activities of the student. Occasionally, the
operations may actually be impeded by the training.
The student is not necessarily entitled to a job
at the conclusion of the training period. The employer and the student
understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent
Overall the experience is a training/learning
experience not a job.
Below is a
list of internship guidelines and responsibilities
to keep in mind when considering taking on an intern.
Internship applicants must be enrolled in a
degree seeking under graduate or graduate level program.
Unless otherwise noted, internships are unpaid.
Internship applicants will be prescreened by a
member of the Internship Committee and will be directed to the appropriate site
supervisor for an interview.
Site supervisors will meet/interview with the
applicant to initiate the internship proposal.
The intern’s proposal should include goals, objectives and methods. The site supervisor should determine a
specific project or projects for the intern based on the site supervisor’s
needs and the requirements of the school’s internship criteria.
Recommendations for acceptance into the
Internship Program will then be forwarded to the Internship Committee for
interns are subject to the City’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)
policy and may not begin an internship until they have successfully cleared
Site supervisors should meet regularly with the
intern to assess progress.
The site supervisor will be responsible for
signing attendance sheets for the intern if required by the school.
Review all final paperwork of the student
Evaluate the intern and the internship
The intern will share any reports, evaluations
or articles resulting from the assignment with the Library.