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Guidelines for Establishing Strong Effective Internship Programs

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Internship Guidelines

Establishing an Internship Program

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The Texas Tech University Career Center adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers position statement on internships:

National Association of Colleges & Employers

The Texas Tech University Career Center adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Position Statement on Internships as detailed below. 

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  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 educational and/or professional background in the field of the 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. 


See full philosophy on the NACE website: http://www.naceweb.org/connections/advocacy/internship_position_paper/#sthash.GYp1slNA.dpuf


View the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division internships statement here: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf