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.

Internship Criteria

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