Internships in the College of Arts and Sciences – Faculty Resources

Internships in the College of Arts and Sciences involve at least three parties – the student, a faculty mentor, and a site supervisor – with no conflicts of interest between the student and the site supervisor. For example, a student cannot report directly to a close friend or family member. The faculty mentor should have disciplinary knowledge relevant to the internship experience. Faculty should review the Requirements for Internships in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Registering an Internship for Academic Credit

Elements of a High-Quality Internship

According to George Kuh (2008) and others who study high-impact educational practices, high-quality internships:

  • Require considerable student effort;
  • Help students build substantive relationships by placing them in situations that demand interaction with faculty and peers over a substantive amount of time;
  • Place students in contexts in which they have direct contact with people who are different from themselves;
  • Provide students with frequent feedback about their performance;
  • Provide opportunities for students to see how what they are learning works in different settings; and
  • Help students gain a better understanding of self in relation to others.

Learn more about high-quality, high-impact internships

Mentoring an Internship – An Overview of the Process

Although the process might vary slightly in departments with course-based internships, mentoring an internship usually requires the following steps:

  1. Before the student registers for the internship, the faculty mentor and student meet to confirm that the internship meets the academic goals of the program (if applicable – particularly relevant to majors that require internships), to discuss the student’s learning goals for the internship experience, and to outline the academic assignments the student will complete. See the Faculty Guide to the Elon Job Network for tips on helping students search for internships and related career events.
  2. The faculty mentor, the site supervisor, and the student should collaborate on a student learning plan to identify learning opportunities provided in the internship setting. Academic assignments for the internship can support students’ application of disciplinary learning to this internship’s learning opportunities and students’ reflection about these opportunities
  3. When the internship begins, the faculty mentor should be in regular and frequent contact with the student to scaffold the learning experience and to offer feedback on the student’s academic work. The faculty mentor also should have regular contact with the site supervisor to monitor the student’s performance and experience with the organization.
  4. When possible, faculty mentors also should visit the internship site.

Faculty Advisory Committee Workshop Materials

Compensation Policy

The compensation policy for internships is established by the Faculty Handbook in Section II-3. Internships supervised during fall, winter, and spring semesters may be compensated as course-based internships as part of a faculty mentor’s standard teaching load for faculty supervising 10+ hours of student internships or compensated by overload pay for faculty supervising individual interns.

Internships supervised during summer semesters are compensated by pay for all internship hours according to the ratio of 10 student internship hours equals 1 faculty load hour applied to the standard formula for determining summer school compensation.

Review the Faculty Handbook for full guidelines.