All academic internships bridge theory and practice, purposefully connecting academic learning to experience. Academic internships enhance a student’s understanding of both themselves and a work environment and, in doing so, enrich their educational training.
In addition to work done at a business or other organization, each internship require the formulation of an academic learning goal and guided reflection. This academic reflection can include, but is not limited to: goal- setting, reflection though journaling, portfolio development, peer-discussions, research, paper writing, and presentations. Similar to the traditional classroom, faculty members have the freedom to develop additional goals most appropriate for individual internships.
For each semester hour of credit, a student will complete at least 36 hours on-site and 6 hours of academic reflection. Registered internships are graded on a pass/no credit basis and are recorded on students’ transcripts.
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The following policies also apply to students engaged in internship opportunities:
Career and Professional Development provides assistance with site investigation, the application process, and guidance regarding evaluation. Internships are clearly invaluable in providing students with firsthand experience in professional work environments. For more detailed information, see www.central.edu/career/internships.