Approving an Internship
Menlo College is developing internship partnerships with organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area. You are welcome to seek internship opportunities that have not been pre-approved by Menlo College; however, all internships will need to meet the criteria outlined below and be approved by an Internship Program team member prior to registration.
To ensure that a field experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, Menlo College has adopted the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) criteria for a quality internship:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
The following internships will not be approved for academic credit through Menlo College:
- Internships outside of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Virtual / remote internships or internships not in professional settings (e.g., no home offices)
- Internships in a family-owned business or in an organization where a family member is supervising or is in a position of authority over you
- On-campus internships
- Organizations where you have previously volunteered, interned, or worked
- Internships where your on-site schedule will not allow you to attend the required internship seminar on campus
- Internships that do not meet the program time frames or on-site time commitments of the program