How it works

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What qualifies as an internship?

SPC follows guidelines set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for internships. The following guidelines define a legitimate internship:

  1. Be an extension of the classroom and apply knowledge gained in the classroom.
  2. Be transferable to other employment.
  3. Have a defined beginning and end, job description and desired qualifications.
  4. Have learning objectives/goals aligned with a student's academic coursework.
  5. Provide professional supervision in the field of the experience.
  6. Offer routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. Employ the use of resources, equipment and facilities that support learning objectives/goals.

Overseeing Internships

SPC’s college-wide internship office will monitor all internships to ensure that each posted position adheres to the definition and criteria of an internship.

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internship are possible, but must adhere to guidelines established by the Department of Labor.