Internship Program

Please note that if you are recruiting interns and you REQUIRE the interns to receive academic credit for the internship, you must adhere to the following deadlines. The students must have an offer in hand at least one week prior to the deadline below in order to process registration paperwork.


Fall 2014 – September 2, 2014
Spring 2015 - January 20, 2015

Thank you for your interest in Philadelphia University students!

The Internship Program has enjoyed a 25+ year history of success, due in large part to the active interest and participation of employers like you. Many companies find that their pre-established “Internship Programs,” or other intern-level positions, directly match with Philadelphia University’s requirements, and we would be glad to evaluate your opportunity for our program and students.

The Career Services Centers' Internship Program at Philadelphia University:

  • Assists students in their internship search by helping them explore and apply to internship opportunities, while offering professional development programming to prepare them for their internship.
  • Supports students with an interest in earning academic credit to secure a professional experience in their field of study, while acting as the intermediary between the students' internship site and faculty internship advisor.
  • Works with each student as an individual to seek out the best possible internship experience.

At Philadelphia University, students may complete internships without receiving academic credit, or pursue a credit-bearing internship. We encourage all students who are pursuing or completing internships to work with the Career Services Center so we can best support their internship needs and professional development. Likewise, we hope that all employers will partner with the Career Services Center to identify ways to best market their internship opportunities and discover future talent.

  • Internships are intended to be a professional learning experience, with each position offering a student the opportunity to apply learned classroom skills and to develop as a professional in the field. Students interning with your organization develop and/or sharpen key professional skills necessary to be considered a viable full-time professional in their particular field or industry, while giving you 12 weeks to test-drive a potential full-time hire.

Additionally, the Career Services Center collaborates with employers to offer a Professional Development workshop series each semester. These sessions strive to engage students in understanding and improving these key professional skills, along with identifying ways to make the most of their internship experience while make lasting contributions to your organization.

Must an Internship Be Paid? 

Philadelphia University is committed to the NACE principles and is currently following the NACE criteria for defining an internship.

Standards for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship:

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. 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.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship. To view NACE's full position statement on internships please visit: http://naceweb.org/about/membership/internship/

 

For any internship-related inquiries, please contact the Career Services Center at 215.951.2930 or email careerservices@philau.edu.

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