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, one-credit hour internships during their two-year program. Each internship is a 150-hour, mentored field experience at two different places in university-approved settings. One of the internships may be satisfied through the apprenticeship, if the student opts to do so. Internship students will have an accompanying seminar that may be taken online if they are not on the campus.
The MHE students may complete one or both of their internships during the academic year or summer, either at Elon or at other universities. Internships are typically unpaid experiences, or bring a small stipend or compensation (such as free housing and a small stipend in the summer). Internships often involve a project that results in a product, such as a study, a program proposal, etc.
Students are responsible for arranging their internships, which must be approved in advance. Elon will provide the students with information of internships at other universities (the Piedmont Triad and Research Triangle is rich with fine and varied colleges and universities) and how internships may be arranged through professional associations.
Elon faculty or the administrative director of the MHE program will ensure the student enters the experience with clearly stated learning goals, a body of knowledge to study, and reflection activities to demonstrate what they learned and how it relates to the learning goals of the MHE program and the students’ professional goals. An Elon faculty or the administrative director of the MHE corresponds with the internship supervisor before, during and after the internship experience, and may visit the internship site.
Note: If a student requests to use their apprenticeship to count for one of their required internship experiences, that request must be approved by both the MHE graduate or administrative director and the apprenticeship supervisor. The internship would be 150 hours beyond the work expectations in the apprenticeship and should involve activities that are unique from their existing apprenticeship expectations.