At the University of Saint Francis, internships are a fundamental part of the academic process. Internships allow you to work with faculty members and employers to provide you with a real-world learning experience.
As a student in the School of Creative Arts (SOCA), you will be required to participate in an internship. Required internships provide opportunities for you to integrate work and formal education under the guidance of professionals in your major field of study as you test career choice decisions. Internships can be on- or off-campus and paid or unpaid.
SOCA’s active relationship with professionals in the region will aid you as you identify the ideal environment for your internship. Internships reinforce the professional world of work outside the normal classroom experience. You will learn to develop and build networks that will help as you search for your first job and will allow you to create professional, productive relationships that will last a lifetime.
General Requirements for Internship Hosts
- Interns will be assigned a mentor or supervisor.
- Mentors and supervisors will be responsible for monitoring the progress of interns, sharing feedback about work performance, providing training, and assigning meaningful projects and tasks.
- Mentors and supervisors will also be responsible for completing an evaluation form on students’ performance at the conclusion of the internship.
- Interns want an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. They should be provided with meaningful work assignments.
- Adequate time must be devoted to the internship so that students are fully integrated into the professional environment.
- When creating assignments for interns, consider the essential skills and experiences you seek when hiring an employee for a similar professional position. These are the skills and experiences that should be taught and provided by the internship.
- Prior to the beginning of the internship, interns should be made aware of their specific responsibilities and the resources available to them.
- Your organization should provide an intern orientation process in which interns become acquainted with the work of the organization, staff and workplace environment. A thorough orientation process provides a framework for learning and will allow interns to quickly become productive members of a work team.
- The internship program has clearly stated goals and learning objectives. The purpose of the program is clear and congruent with USF’s mission.
- Internship study should be academically rigorous.
- Students receive credit for their internships.
- Qualified faculty members supervise students during internships.
Students’ progress and learning is assessed by qualified faculty members and based on learning outcomes.