Fall 2020- Spring 2021: Office of Career Services Guidelines
Trinity Office of Career Services will offer virtual services via Zoom to students and alumni in fall 2020 and spring 2021. Staff will be available, in a limited capacity, to meet with students on-campus by appointment only.
All internships must be virtual, for non-licensure programs, to ensure the health and safety of students. Trinity is committed to supporting students’ progression toward degree completion and therefore will not penalize any student that is unable to find a virtual internship. The Office of Career Services will continue to connect students to credit bearing and non-credit bearing virtual internship opportunities.
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.