An internship is a short-term, hands-on, supervised work experience with a professional organization that is designed to increase a student’s knowledge of a professional career field. More than a part-time job or volunteer experience, an internship includes intentional learning objectives related to increasing student knowledge, training to develop additional skills, and quality supervision to guide and mentor the intern.
Programs that offer internship courses
Internships are required for many of the Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees. Course prerequisites are listed in the college catalog. Discuss your eligibility with your faculty advisor.
- Business Administration
- Brewing Science & Brewery Operations
- Graphic Design
- Information Technology
- Web Technology
- Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems
Students in other AAS Degree programs have an option to gain experience with an internship.
Other programs offer experiential education components including Medical Assistant externships, Culinary Arts in-house internships, and closely-supervised clinical courses for most healthcare fields. On an individualized basis, there is an option for students to participate in an independent study internship. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 756-3803.
What defines an Internship?
FVCC subscribes to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of what constitutes an internship that states an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. The following criteria must be met (note that some academic departments may have additional criteria):
- 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.