Here are some frequently asked questions about the Internship program at AACC. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
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What is the Internship Process?
Thank you for your interest in partnering with AACC’s Internship Program! Here are a few helpful resoucres to consider as you develop an internship proposal:
How can I confirm that the student is prepared to be an intern?
At the beginning of your dialogue, we recommend that you ask the student if he or she would like to earn college credit for the experience. Credit-seeking interns must meet certain eligibility requirements, including competency in the discipline related to the internship as demonstrated by a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a minimum number of credits in the field as determined by the department. If the student would like to earn college credit and has not already been in contact with the AACC Internship Office, please ask them to establish a relationship with the AACC Internship Office and to identify a faculty advisor. If the student is a noncredit intern, there is neither a faculty advisor nor any eligibility requirements. Consequently, please be certain to screen these candidates as you would were they seeking employment.
Do all interns receive college credit?
Internships may be either credit or noncredit.
What special considerations do I need to remember about students earning college credit?
Credit-based experiences feature learning objectives, a faculty advisor with whom to partner, periodic performance evaluation and a minimum number of contact hours at the work site.
What about noncredit students?
Noncredit internships are informal arrangements. Noncredit interns are essentially volunteers seeking professional experience for career exploration. These students do not have to have a faculty advisor or min. number of contact hours.
How do I attract students?
Internships are quite competitive. For this reason, we recommend structuring the opportunity with student-friendly features. For example, challenging learning opportunities, exciting special projects, flexible hours and any compensation should be well described in the internship proposal. It is never too soon to propose an internship description. Internship proposal instructions PDF
Does monetary compensation make a difference?
Many students at AACC are also employed full- or part-time. An internship may mean that they have to give up hours at work in order to take advantage of an engaged learning opportunity at your business. Students seeking college credit also have to pay for the time they invest at your business through college tuition. Consequently, students do appreciate some form of monetary compensation if it is available either through a wage or a stipend and mileage.