On an internship, students apply classroom theories to real-world professional practice. An internship is work-based learning that can be credit or noncredit, and paid or unpaid. Credit is awarded through an internship course that runs simultaneously with the work-based experiential learning. A typical three credit hour internship course requires 90-120 work-based hours under the supervision of a workplace mentor. Weekly faculty advising helps the student attain learning objectives.
How can the Internship Office help me?
The role of the Internship Office is to assist students, faculty members and employers in creating unique engaged learning experiences. The Internship Program Coordinator:
- Serves as a single point of contact for campus-wide internship issues
- Coaches students’ professional development
- Cultivates new community partnerships
- Serves as a liaison with departments and helps coordinate students’ interests with internship opportunities
- Facilitates employer internship postings and student searches
Certain schools of study at AACC must address state requirements for their internships and consequently have staff specifically dedicated to tend to those issues. Contact us to learn more about these schools of study.
The Internship Experience: Adventure! Advantage!
An internship is an adventure and an advantage for students and employers, yielding many great benefits. The AACC Internship Brochure introduces you to a few of AACC’s students and their stories, highlighting how the internship experience was an adventure and an advantage.
Benefits for the Student
- Earn college credit toward your degree at AACC
- Engage in learning outside of the traditional classroom environment
- Gain more meaning from classroom theory
- Learn new perspectives, skills and insights from expert professionals in the field
- Explore a career choice through on-the-job training
- Earn money if offered by the employer
- Develop a “work ready” attitude
- Make new networking contacts
- Cultivate a relationship with a potential future employer
- Enhance a résumé with relevant experience
- Acquire professional references
Benefits for the Employer
- Meet business needs through additional skilled human resources
- Think creatively to explore how students exposed to cutting-edge technology from AACC’s broad range of disciplines can respond to special projects
- Mentor an apprentice, cultivating potential employees
- Develop an important relationship with AACC that can augment staff over time
Ready to get started?
- Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for students and employers Web pages to take the next step towards an advantageous adventure in engaged learning!
Still have questions?