For-Credit Internships are designed to allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to professional settings. These opportunities are meant to utilize the curriculum from a student’s major to directly contribute to a student’s completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Emerson College offers a few types of internships:
Interns are expected to comply with the Emerson College Code of Conduct in all interactions.
To ensure that an experience – whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely/virtually – is educational and eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must apply knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not simply advance the operations of the employer or be the work a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end in addition to a job description with desired qualifications.
- 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 in a educational 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 goals.
INTERNSHIP CLASS INFO:
There is an academic course associated with taking a credit-bearing internship. You MUST REGISTER & PAY for the internship Course no later than the internship registration deadline – see the deadlines for 2 credit, 4 & 8 credit, and 1 credit internships.
Please note that Internships cannot be done within your minor.
Students should expect to:
- Receive a letter grade for their work.
- Meet with a Departmental Internship Coordinator (DIC) will instruct the course.
HOST SITE POLICIES:
- Organizations must comply with the Emerson College Anti Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies in all interactions with the student intern.
- Students must be provided with a safe workspace in a professional office.
- No more than 25% of the intern’s tasks involve clerical work.
- Interns must perform appropriate tasks which do not include maintenance duties or personal errands for employees.
- Interns must not be required to use personal automobiles for duties at or related to the internship or intern site.
- Organizations must submit TWO performance evaluations to the student intern’s Departmental Internship Coordinator during the course of the semester.
- Organizations must be aware of particular rules which preclude them from giving International Students any form of compensation in for-credit, non-paid internships. This includes gifts, freebies, or transportation passes.
Disclaimer: Students cannot complete a credit-bearing internship with an organization that is also their current employer.
International Students are offered the same options of completing either a for-credit or paid internship.
If registering for a for-credit internship, make sure your internship supervisor has signed off on a for-credit internship. If your supervisor offers any form of reimbursement (gifts or transportation passes), you must acquire Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval.
CPT is required for paid-internships.
For more information on CPT approval, contact International Student Affairs.