1. Listing and Assigning Internship Courses:
- Prior to the semester CEE staff contact the Dean of each area to confirm which courses will be advertised to students on the online course schedule.
- If a student approaches the Center for Experiential Education wanting to complete an internship in a department that does not have a faculty assigned OR is not advertised to students, the CEE staff will contact the Dean to find out if they would like to identify a faculty member to teach the internship student. CEE will not register a student for a course that is not advertised without Dean consent.
2. Getting Internships:
Information and Registration Sessions:
- If students want general information about internships or if they want to register they should attend an Internship Information and Registration session. Upcoming sessions are on the Internship Events page.
Students are expected to prepare a resume, apply, interview, and obtain a position on their own.
The CEE provides the following support to students:
- Meet one-on-one with Center for Experiential Education staff: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 358-8119 to setup an appointment.
- Resources on the CEE website
- Internship resume and/or cover letter review
- Discipline-specific internship recommendations
- Attend internship events.
Students wishing to use a current employer MUST be training in a new position or learn new skills for their internship.
If students are completing an internship with a current employer, the site must provide an internship position description that specifies the new duties the student will do as part of their internship.
3. Faculty Member Permission
The faculty member in the relevant discipline needs to approve the internship opportunity in order for the student to sign up for the internship course.
Faculty members should talk with the student to see if they’ve completed the prerequisites (see page 3) and should request a position description.
If a student wants to do an internship with their current employer you must communicate with the student to ensure they are learning a new skill or position as part of their internship.
When you give student permission to register for an internship, email your approval to the Center for Experiential Education at email@example.com.
Once a student has faculty consent they should attend an Internship Registration session.
Upcoming sessions are on the Internship Events page.
To this session students MUST bring:
- Their internship supervisor’s name, address, phone number, email address
- Their student ID Number
- Their internship position description.
The description must be from the internship site or approved by the internship site.
- Students who cannot attend a Registration session can schedule an appointment with a CEE Coordinator to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (952) 358-8119.
In general, students must register for an internship by the drop/add deadline. In certain cases, students may register for internships up until the third week of the semester. If students receive the Pell Grant, they must register by the drop/add deadline.
5. After Internship Registration:
- Internship Plan and Agreement:
- The CEE staff gives the student the Internship Plan and Agreement document when they register. The student should work with the faculty at the start of the semester to set appropriate learning goals and measures of success.
- The student, faculty member, and site supervisor sign the Internship Plan and Agreement. The faculty member and students should keep a signed copy. The faculty member should provide a signed copy to the Dean.
- Internship Site Agreement
- The CEE sends a MnSCU Internship Site Agreement to the host business. This document should be signed before the students begins her/his internship. If this is not received, the student is not to get credit for their internship.
- The CEE staff sends the student information sheet to the faculty, which includes student and course information as well as the host business information.
- Faculty are responsible for providing students with assignments, deadlines, meeting times/online communication expectations, and grading the student. The course time for meeting with faculty and assignments averages an hour per week.
6. Faculty Payment:
- CEE staff will send the Dean and the Dean’s Assistant a list of students and number of credits for each internship faculty/course around midterm.
- Faculty are compensated in accordance with the faculty contract. 1/16th of a credit per credit registered with a minimum of a half credit. These credits count as an overload if faculty are at full capacity on credits. See the faculty union contract if you have questions or contact your Dean.
7. Evaluation/Grading Process:
- The CEE office emails the host business an evaluation of the student at the end of the semester. CEE staff will send the faculty a copy of this evaluation when it is received. If you need this by a certain date, let the CEE coordinator know in advance. On the evaluation the supervisor is asked to confirm how many total internship hours the student has completed.
- The CEE office emails the student an evaluation of their experience. When this is received, a copy is sent to the faculty. If the student turns it directly into the faculty, send a copy to the CEE office.
It is not uncommon for a student to complete their internship off cycle from the semester. If a student will be completing their internship beyond the semester end, the faculty can assign an incomplete until the student finishes their internship.