What is an internship?

An internship is a supervised pre-professional learning experience, in which students apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting. By offering their time, talent, and enthusiasm, interns will contribute to an organization's mission and goals, while gaining valuable skills for the future, and seeing if a career is right for them. Most internships are temporary assignments that last approximately three months up to a year.


An internship is not:

• A part-time or full-time job that does not specify career related learning strategies and objectives
• Unsupervised volunteer experience
• Routine, repetitive clerical tasks


Goals of an internship:

• Provide students with a full and realistic view of workplace culture and expectations
• Integrate academic preparation with professional challenges
• Build confidence and success through internship experiences
• Encourage contact between DVC students and professionals in their field of interest
• Help students build professional networks


How does an internship work?

An internship can be a variety of positions, as long as it contributes to the professional development of the student. In order to do this, certain considerations should be taken into account.
First, a position must be set up to fulfill a set of goals for professional development.
Second, an internship must include a system for feedback and communication. Regular feedback sessions should be formally arranged to facilitate consistent supervision, guidance, and constructive criticism on a weekly basis.
Third, an internship position may be either paid or unpaid, depending upon the level of work, and number of hours.


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