A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and competency development in a professional setting (NACE 2018). Attributes of an internship include: 

  • practical experience 
  • training opportunity 
  • extension of academic studies 
  • exposure to a professional setting 
  • dedicated workplace supervisor 
  • mentor or resources during program 
  • ongoing feedback from supervisor and mentor 
  • assessment and certification at conclusion 

Note 1 to entry: Variations on the term internship and extensions of the methodology include cooperative education (co-op), work integrated learning (WIL), work-based learning, practicum, field work, traineeship, convention de stage, placements, apprenticeship, and training programs. 

Note 2 to entry: Internships are considered high-impact practices. 

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