Internship Overview

An internship is a credit-bearing experience designed to give a student exposure to a professional setting in which they wish to learn about a specific program or department. Students must complete two internships during their two-year program. Each internship is a 135-hour, mentored field experience in university-approved settings. MHE students may request for one of their internships to be satisfied through the apprenticeship.  In addition to completing required fieldwork hours, all students must participate and pass a 1 credit-hour seminar that accompanies each internship. The seminar is offered in a face-to-face format in the fall and spring. The summer internship seminar is online to accommodate internship experiences beyond the local region.

Students are responsible for arranging their internships, which must be approved in advance. MHE students may complete their internships at Elon, at other universities, or at higher education adjacent organizations ( e.g., college access programs, educational technology companies). To assist students in the identification of internships, the MHE program maintains an internship database as well as hosts a series of internship preparation workshops during the first year.  Additional information regarding MHE internship policies and resources is provided in the MHE Internship Handbook.

Internships are typically unpaid experiences; however, some internship hosts provide a small stipend or alternative compensation (such as free housing).

Previous MHE Internships

MHE students have completed internships at a diverse array of higher education organizations. In addition to designing their own internships or locating positions using the MHE internship database, MHE students have achieved tremendous success in competitive national internship programs sponsored by ACUHO-I, NODA, and CASE. MHE students have completed internships with these outstanding organizations:

Alamance Community College                                   North Carolina A & T University

Berklee College of Music                                           North Carolina Central University

Brown University                                                     North Carolina State University

Bucks County Community College                             Northeastern University

Duke University                                                       Southern Methodist University

Elon University                                                        Stanford University

Emory University                                                     The Gardner Institute

Friday Consulting Firm                                             University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Georgia College                                                       University of North Carolina Greensboro

Guilford College                                                      University of North Texas

Hudson Valley Community College                            University of Virginia

Indiana University                                                   Virginia Commonwealth University

Johnson and Wales University                                  Washington State University

Midwestern State University                                    West Virginia University

New Mexico State University                                   William Peace University