What Is An Internship?

What is an Internship?

"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.  Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution.  This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization.  The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid.  An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives." - Definition formulated in May 2010 by internship professionals subscribed to the Internship-Net listserv.

Students at Messiah earn academic credit for internships.  They are available to juniors or seniors in the fall, spring, or summer and must be at least twelve weeks in length.  By embarking on one or more of them, students are able to sharpen their skills, begin a network of employer contacts, assess their strengths, test classroom theories in real world settings, and develop professionally.