Recruit a LaGrange College Intern
NACE Position Statement on U.S. Internships
Why is it important for students?
It is an opportunity for students to apply their classroom knowledge in a real
work setting and earn credits toward their degree. Students can be enrolled in
any department; the direction of which is determined by the type of credits the
student needs and/or the type of work the student is doing.
How does a student earn credit?
To earn academic credit, a student must demonstrate new learning. This is done
by establishing learning outcomes – one for each credit hour attempted. Learning
outcomes are approved and monitored by Career Development Center personnel and
internship site supervisors, with frequent input from academic advisors. Additionally,
a student must work 40 hours for every credit hour attempted, which is documented
on a signed weekly journal/internship log.
Paid or Unpaid?
Sites decide this depending on their policies and on the amount of work.
Some sites pay hourly, while others for travel expenses or a stipend at the end
of the internship. Some do not pay since it is for course credit. Every
prospective intern is reminded that the "pay-off" is not reflected in the compensation
but in the valuable experience gained by working in a professional environment as long as the internship meets the NACE definition of a legitimate internship. All the following
criteria must be met:
- 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.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with
- 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.
We look forward to working with you.
Thank you for your support.
Diana Celorio Goldwire
Career Development Center