Professional Readiness Internship Experience
One of the ways students can receive credit for an internship that is not associated with a required course is the Certified Internship Program (CIP). The CIP serves as intentionally-designed, experiential learning opportunities that deliver practical experience in an area directly correlating to a student’s professional goals and interests.
Internships are rooted in student learning and development, working in conjunction with students’ Liberal Arts education. In order for an experience to be considered an authentic and holistic internship, critical reflection, evaluation and feedback must be present throughout the pre-determined time frame. It is essential for internship supervision to be facilitated by an appropriately trained professional in the respective field, acting as a mentor who works with the student in the development of clearly defined internship learning outcomes.
A student’s role throughout the internship experience should complement rather than replace existing internship site employees as per The Fair Labor Standards Act (US Wage and Hour Division, 2010). Additionally, students are required to adhere to policies stated in the Gardner-Webb University Student Handbook specific to the student’s enrollment year.
To ensure that an experience—whether a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the outlined definition, all the following criteria must be met:
The Project Supervisor and student will develop student learning outcomes specific to the PRE, prior to the experience.
General learning areas to which this experience will contribute are: