Stetson University embraces internship as a powerful means to prepare students for post-graduation success and enhance on-campus learning.
An internship is faculty-guided experiential learning that empowers students to integrate knowledge and theory learned throughout the curriculum with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. It is a partnership between Stetson University and an internship host site, collaboratively defined and guided by the student, a faculty supervisor and an on-site supervisor from the host site, which provides the student the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.
To ensure that an experience is educational and thus considered a for-credit internship by the student’s academic department or school/college, the following general criteria should be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the curriculum: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained through the curriculum. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the host site.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and the internship functions and expectations must align with the student’s course of study and/or career path.
- There are clearly developed learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is regular feedback from the intern’s on-site supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host site that support learning.
Recommended "Best Practice" Internship Resources for Faculty
These are resources available for students and faculty that support best practices for internships as recommended by the Stetson Faculty Internship Council:
Additions can be made to the Internship Learning Agreement in order to be customized per departmental needs. The Learning Agreement provides a basis of understanding between Stetson University and its faculty instructor, the student intern and the host organization.
Major-specific questions can be added to the evaluation by the faculty instructor for the internship course. The evaluation should be completed by the student’s primary supervisor at the company/organization.
Major-specific questions can be added to the evaluation by the faculty instructor for the internship course. The evaluation should be completed by the student near the conclusion of the internship.