An internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience related to a student’s career interest. Interns have a designated set of responsibilities or a position description and are actively supported and evaluated by a supervisor or mentor. A solid internship provides the opportunity to learn about the field while allowing the intern to make a contribution to the organization’s work.
Important elements that distinguish an internship from a short-term job or community service opportunity:
The intern, in agreement with the employer, brings to the experience an intentional learning agenda.
The work is career-related for the student and/or ties in with academic coursework.
The intern receives evaluation of their work from the supervisor. An intern should be mentored or supervised by someone within the company or organization that can offer career-related expertise.
Benefits of an Internship:
Students develop career credential as they gain a knowledge of the qualifications and duties of a position and can explore their interest in a field. They gain crucial professional skills in decision making, critical thinking, as well as gaining increased confidence and self-esteem.
Interns have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace.
Employers can receive short term project help.
Interns can energize a workplace with their enthusiasm and desire to learn.
Employers can gain satisfaction by helping train and mentor new professionals., while addressing organization succession goals.
The Employer Internship Guide (pdf) provides brief guidelines on how to develop an internship or other career-related experience. For information on developing Service Learning and Academic Internship opportunities, please visit ccbl.humboldt.edu/community-partnersIf you would like additional information on developing an internship or other career-related experience opportunity for Humboldt students, please call: