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Internship Criteria

To qualify as an Applied Learning Experience in Internship/Practicum:

  • Internship Criteria:
    • The internship experience must include a minimum cumulative total of 225 hours
    • To be eligible for applied learning internships, students must have completed at least 30 semester credit hours
    • Each student must have at least (a) an on-site supervisor and (b) a faculty/staff member to serve as the applied learning supervisor.
    • Applied learning credit cannot be granted retroactively, e.g., for prior internships or work experiences
    • Ongoing places of employment cannot qualify as internships; however, students can submit proposals to develop their current places of employment into internship sites
    • Self-owned businesses cannot qualify as internships sites for these business owners.
  • Practicum Criteria:
    • Students must spend a minimum of 75 hours working on out of classroom experience/projects. Instructional time on theoretical content cannot be counted towards this limit.
    • Practicum is defined as a course or student exercise/project involving practical experience applied to theoretical study.
    • Students must be enrolled in the class offering the practicum
    • Project work/experience must be under the supervision of the course instructor or a qualified third-party client.
    • Final project/artifact will require an outside evaluation by a third party/expert in the field not involved in the instruction of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes

The SLOs expected from all ALEs are as follows:

  • Student will evaluate how the applied learning experience expanded their views in order to contribute to a diverse, global society. (Global/Diversity Awareness)
  • Students will assess the overall experience and ascertain the larger implications of the experience as they apply to the discipline and beyond. (Broader Impact)


Internship/Practicum ALEs may additionally address any or all of the following SLOs:

  • Integrate classroom learning, theory and course content with their internship experiences
  • Describe and explain work responsibilities and duties (evidence of understanding)
  • Articulate and demonstrate improvement in professional etiquette (including time management, dress code, formal versus informal protocols, etc)
  • Articulate and demonstrate team work, collaboration and leadership
  • Articulate and demonstrate cultural competence in the workplace
  • Articulate the importance of work ethic and appropriate ethical behavior in the workplace at both the local and global levels
  • Articulate how the internship experiences match up with career options, interests and skills (i.e. how have experiences expanded, directed or confirmed career options, interests and skills?)