2021- 2022 Academic Year: Internship Guidelines
In fall 2021, as we return to face-to-face and hybrid learning experiences, Trinity places first the health and safety of all members of the Trinity community as our guiding principle. Student may elect internships, practica, and experiential learning sites in either virtual/remote or in-person modality; but note that in-person locations must be fully vetted according to Trinity’s safety protocols prior to placement approval. Please refer to your Dean for internship or practicum site approval. The employer and student must submit an overview of the employer’s health and safety protocols for review.
Students are encouraged to use varied resources to find an internship with the support of career services staff, faculty and their own professional networks. Handshake is Trinity’s primary career services tool, listing hundreds of employment and internship opportunities. Students will use Handshake to search for virtual internships. For academic internships (credit bearing) students are required to complete the Academic Internship form via Handshake Experiences to get approval from the Office of Career Services, Faculty Advisor and Internship Supervisor. (To learn more about this process go to Internship Requirements).
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2018) the following criteria must be met for an experience to be considered a legitimate internship – whether offered in a traditional face-to-face modality or as an online or remote experience:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that allows individuals to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.
- 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
- 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.
All virtual internships, credit and non-credit bearing, must meet these NACE guidelines. This will ensure that students are engaged in fruitful internship experiences that advance their academic, career and professional development.