The internship search and learning process can be as confusing to parents and guardians as it is to students. Let's demystify things a bit:
What is a credit-bearing internship?
- Marist offers students the opportunity to earn college credits through its internship program, which formalizes an approved field experience in a professional setting. Students can earn from 1 credit to 14 credits. Students work 45 contact hours per credit hour. Ex: 3 credit internship requires 135 "contact hours," which is time spent at the internship work site and working on required writing assignments.
Why are some internships "for pay" and not for credit?
There are several types of internships and numerous uses and applications of the term "internship." Some employers offer "paid" internship, which are essentially jobs, by law. Other employers allow students who have been approved by a college or university to work for brief periods in their workplaces. These students are referred to as "credit interns" and this formal process exempts the students from federal compensation law. This is called an "unpaid" internship. Also, students may opt to volunteer at a non-profit organization. Some of these experiences are referred to as internship, although they are both unpaid and not supported by credit.
For a more detailed explanation, read the Guidebook for Parents.
Who is eligible?
- Internship credit is available to Juniors & Seniors who have a 2.5 or above GPA, and have completed a pre-requisite career prep course. Internships are considered field experience. It is the opinion of the faculty that younger students are not well prepared to perform adequately and thus maximize a professional field experience.
How does registration work?
- Students must "register" at the start of a semester (Fall, Spring & Summer only) in order to seek credit for a professional work experience. No retroactive credit is available. Information about internship registration is available to students on this website and is regularly disseminated via email blast, and announcements on social media sites linked to this site.
Why are internships based on college credit?
- Internships exist solely to benefit students' career and education prospects. Our goal is for the student to learn through experience. Therefore the internships are limited in time and scope and require academic work (essays, papers, blogs, video reports) in which the student analyzes, reflects and measures the experience.
Why does the college charge for credit-based internships?
- The college charges for internship credits because we apply staff time, talent and energy to our internship program and because students are carried under the college's insurance so long as they are registered for credit.
What national standards exist to govern practice and evaluation of internships?
- The Communication & Media Studies Internship Program adheres to best practices for internships as espoused by leading academic professional associations and societies. For example, we closely follow the "Eight Principles" established by the National Society for Experiential Education and the guidelines for internships published by the National Association of Colleges & Employers.
Resource: Internship Guidebook for parents