We recognize that many of our students have ample employment opportunities that they currently work in. Many times, we can develop viable internship opportunities that qualify for the program while working for an incumbent organization.
There are three key components to the internship. The internship is to be a mentored, learning experience in your field. First, it must be mentored or supervised. It must be a learning experience, meaning you must go beyond your typical functions. Finally, it must relate to your major and apply what you have learned. There is flexibility with the internship if these aspects are met. Many times we can incorporate a current employer into an internship. Some majors also allow consultative or freelance work to apply.
For the internship to be a “learning” experience, you should be doing something above and beyond what you currently do. Your current position duties might be applicable and can help qualify you for the hour requirement needed. However, you would need to take on a new project/initiative during the semester for it to be a “learning” experience. This could include working with your supervisor or the director to gain access to a new project being worked on, shadowing a higher level associate, and/or sitting in on meetings for larger issues. This does not need to be your only duty, but should be done to enhance what you currently do. These responsibilities will need to be in a capacity directly related to your degree track.
By Shane S. Kirby, MBA
Internship Program Coordinator
Business Programs, Integrated Media & Technology
Columbus State Community College