An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates a student’s academic experience with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships allow Caldwell University students to gain valuable applied experience and make professional connections, while also giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
All employers who hire interns should refer to the U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet “Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” We expect all for-profit employers who post unpaid internships to first review this fact sheet and assess whether their programs meet stated Department of Labor guidelines.
To ensure that an experience is educational in nature, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:
1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school.
2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the student.
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
4. The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern. Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded.
5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time in the internship.
Please refer to the DOL guidelines by going to:
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Caldwell University recognizes the valuable role that work experience can play in helping students understand and integrate theoretical and practical knowledge. Students interested in pursuing an internship for academic credit work with an internship faculty advisor and the Career Planning and Development Office. Students must receive approval for the proposed internship, develop learning objectives and goals in consultation with the internship faculty advisor, work under the supervision of the employer and complete related academic assignments.
All academic internships require departmental approval. To be eligible, students must have completed 60 credits and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. In certain cases, students who have completed 45 credits and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA may pursue for-credit internships. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at Caldwell University to be eligible. Internships can be paid or non-paid. To earn credit for an internship, students must follow established policies and procedures, begin the process well before the semester for which they plan to register, and then register for the appropriate credit-bearing course by the appropriate semester deadlines.
Students are eligible to earn up to 3 credits per semester for an internship experience and a maximum of 9 credits, subject to departmental approval. For most academic departments, internships may fulfill elective credit. Students pursuing more than one semester with the same employer (to a maximum of two semesters for credit) must demonstrate increased level of responsibilities in their internship experience and develop substantive learning objectives, to be approved by the departmental chair. Students majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice are required to complete one 3-credit, 120 hour internship as part of their curriculum.
To download the Academic Internships Policies and Procedures Manual, go to:
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You must register your organization with our office prior to accessing these services. Once your registration is reviewed, if it is approved you will receive an email which includes a link to activate your account.
If approved, depending on your access level, you will be able to use some or all of the services listed below:
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