A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and competency development in a professional setting (NACE 2018). Attributes of an internship include:
- practical experience
- training opportunity
- extension of academic studies
- exposure to a professional setting
- dedicated workplace supervisor
- mentor or resources during program
- ongoing feedback from supervisor and mentor
- assessment and certification at conclusion
Note 1 to entry: Variations on the term internship and extensions of the methodology include cooperative education (co-op), work integrated learning (WIL), work-based learning, practicum, field work, traineeship, convention de stage, placements, apprenticeship, and training programs.
Note 2 to entry: Internships are considered high-impact practices.