Internships offer the opportunity to supplement classroom theory with practical knowledge gained from a carefully monitored, field-based learning experience in a professional setting. Internships provide either a general career exploratory experience (experimental internship) or a pre-professional level experience related to the student’s academic objectives (departmental internship).
Most internships are unpaid; transportation costs and expenses of a personal nature are borne by the student. The maximum number of internship course credits allowed for graduation is four.
Setting up the Internship
1. It is the student’s responsibility to explore internship possibilities.
2. Meet with your faculty sponsor early in the semester to discuss potential internship opportunities. A student should not contact any off-campus agency or supervisor until she has met with a faculty sponsor and has received tentative approval of the proposed internship.
3. After receiving tentative faculty approval, the student is responsible for contacting the agency/business regarding the internship.4. If it is a student’s first Salem College internship, she must attend an internship orientation.
5. The student must complete their internship contract, secure all required signatures and submit the completed contract with liability waivers to the Student Professional Development Center by the final day of Drop/Add.
Evaluation of the Internship The faculty sponsor is responsible for the evaluation of the internship experience. The faculty sponsor evaluates the student’s written work (written work might include a paper, journals, posters, exhibits, etc.) and the on-site supervisor’s evaluation of the intern’s work: 1 copy is given to the faculty sponsor and 1 copy is given to the Student Professional Development Office.
Also, the intern will fill out an evaluation of their experience of the internship with 1 copy delivered to the faculty sponsor and 1 copy to be delivered to the Student Professional Development Office.
The faculty sponsor assigns the student’s grade (letter grade for departmental internships, Pass/No Credit for experimental internships).