Criteria For an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship

To ensure that an experience, whether traditional internship or one conducted virtually, is educational and thus eligible to be considered a legitiamte internship by the Department of Labor and the national Association of Colleges and Employers, all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience myust be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowled gained in the classroom.  It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work thaty a regular routinely perform (ie must not displace regular paid employees).
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/ goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educationa and/ or professional background in the field of experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/ goals.