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Undergraduate Academic Internship

Responsible Department
Career Services
Effective Date
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    Policy Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for managing academic credit-bearing Internships and establishing a centralized source of Internship information at the University of North Georgia (the “University”).

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    1. Internship – A paid or unpaid form of supervised experiential learning, which allows students to integrate knowledge, theory and skills learned through academic courses and practically apply them in professional settings.

    2. Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) – An agreement signed by the intern, Faculty Supervisor, and Employer Supervisor outlining the student’s work responsibilities and describing learning outcomes expected during the course of the Internship.

    3. Internship (Employer) Supervisor – The practicing professional responsible for orienting, training, mentoring, evaluating and providing feedback to the student at the worksite.

    4. Faculty Supervisor – The instructor or professor responsible for communicating with the student and the Employer Supervisor during the course of the Internship.  The Faculty Supervisor determines evidence of learning, completes his/her portion of the ILA, and ensures Career Services receives a copy of the ILA, evaluates or coordinates the evaluation of student achievement of learning outcomes, completes documentation and assigns grades.
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    Policy Statement

    Credit-bearing academic Internships are intended to permit students to apply their course-based learning in a professional setting in order to deepen their learning and develop new skills while improving their career readiness and potential for hire following graduation.

    1. Academic departments must review and approve all requests for Internships to receive academic credit.  A Faculty Supervisor will be assigned to each Internship receiving academic credit.

    2. The Faculty Supervisor must ensure an ILA is in place with each Internship Supervisor.  A copy of the ILA must be provided to Career Services within 5 business days after add/drop deadline.

    3. Clinical experiences for students in teacher education and kinesiology use Memorandums of Understanding in place of Internship Learning Agreements.
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    Support Information

    1. Internships for academic credit confer many benefits to student, employer and the University. Research has shown that universities gain in community-university partnership. Employers gain fresh perspectives and the ability to assess the skills of potential future employees, and students gain insight and professionalism while applying skills they learned in classes to the workplace.

    2. The National Association of College and Employers conducts annual surveys of employers, and analyzes graduation survey data from universities and colleges across the United States. They have found employers are more likely to offer full-time employment to college graduates with Internship experience than those without it. Other research over the past 30 years has confirmed these findings.
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    1. Obtain the Internship Learning Agreement from the website. The form is fillable online and may be routed for signatures electronically.

    2. The Faculty Supervisor, student and Employer Supervisor complete and sign their portions of the ILA before the add/drop deadline.

    3. Faculty and students in the Departments of Teacher Education and Kinesiology should contact the appropriate department head for relevant forms and procedures.

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