Internships and EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION
Career Development assists organizations in recruiting students for available internship and other experiential-based opportunities.
What's in it for you? Many employers find students add to their organization's productivity with their enthusiasm and cutting edge knowledge. Internships also provide employers with a way to "test out" potential employees and many extend permanent job offers to their interns post-graduation.
XAVIER'S EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING STRUCTURE
- Career Development serves as the central point of contact for experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, co-ops, volunteering) and employer relations.
- The award of academic credit is determined by each academic department (which establishes eligibility requirements).
- Academic credit has no bearing on whether the internship is paid or unpaid, per the Department of Labor's fact sheet on unpaid internships.
- Some majors require an internship experience, while other disciplines strongly recommend one.
Xavier is not regimented in a co-op cycle, so there is no set start or end date. Internship cycles are based on employer needs and students' schedules.
TYPICAL HOURS & PAY
- Xavier interns usually work full-time in the summer and part-time (8-20 hours/week) in the fall and spring semesters.
- The average pay rate is $12-$14 per hour (based on data from Xavier interns).
- Unpaid internships must meet U.S. Department of Labor guidelines and NACE guidelines.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES & EMPLOYERS (NACE) INTERNSHIP POSITION STATEMENT
To ensure that an experience - whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually - is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship.