Internships are intended as a work experience for upper division students. Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and to translate classroom learning into practice. The internship is a “job” that is either paid or unpaid. Internship students do work that is similar, if not identical, to the kind of work that would be expected of an employee with a bachelor’s degree.
Menlo College has adopted the internship definition recommend by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
At Menlo College, six units of internship credit are required for graduation for all Business majors and recommended for Psychology majors. Internships are typically done during the summer between the junior and senior years, or during the senior year. The internship experience provides the link between the worlds of academia and business. Because of this, every internship placement requires a workplace supervisor and a faculty supervisor, and every internship experience involves both work and academic requirements.
Menlo College students have interned at a wide variety of organizations ranging from Big Four accounting firms to Silicon Valley biotechnology companies to professional sports organizations to high tech startups to small businesses to companies in other countries. Internships may well lead to offers of full-time employment. Menlo students have gone on to work at Ernst & Young, Genentech, and the San Jose Sharks among many others.