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An internship engages students in a unique relationship between the workplace and the academic institution.
It is a structured and supervised professional experience, at an approved site, for which the student will gain experience and earn academic credit.
At Longwood University , internships are part of the student's academic program and are seen as different from volunteerism or simple work-for-pay, such as after-class or summer jobs.
GOAL 14/15: The application of knowledge and skills developed in the student's course of study through completion of an internship, guided field experience, or directed research (one credit). NOTE: Students who complete a required experience as part of their major course of study are exempted from this goal.
Identify specific objectives to be achieved through the completion of the internship, field experience, or research project
Evaluate their own progress towards those objectives.
The primary purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly in an outside firm or agency, appropriate to the student's major so that he or she may connect classroom learning to the work environment.
Further, the internship experience allows the student an opportunity to experience the working world in order to solidify career goals and/or to test possible career choices. Because academic credit is awarded, academic departments may require additional class meeting times, outside readings, papers, reports, research papers, and/or projects.
The following are benefits to completing an internship:
Develop professional self confidence