Internship Criteria

Internship and Practicum ALEs allow students to engage in practical work experiences to cultivate a better understanding of how their academic studies may translate into future workplaces.


  • ALE supervisors should communicate cler expectations for students before the experience begins.
  • Each student must submit a critical reflection in which they describe, examine, and articulate the learning that occurred as a part of the experience.
  • Internship ALEs:
    • must include a minimum cumulative total of 225 hours
    • must have at least (a) an on-site supervisor and (b) a faculty/staff member to serve as the applied learning supervisor.
    • be approved as ALEs before the work begins*
    • must not be for self-owned businesses (owned by the student seeking the Internship ALE)
  • Practicum ALEs:
    • are defined as a course with student exercises/projects involving practical experience applied to theoretical study
    • must include a minimum of 75 hours working on out-of-the-classroom experiences/projects (does not include instructional time on theoretical content)
    • require students to be enrolled in the class offering the practicum
    • require the work to be under the supervision of the course instructor or a qualified third-party client.

*Intern2Learn (I2L) experiences are pre-approved as ALEs as long as the hour requirement is met and the critical reflection is submitted by the student and graded by the supervisor.

Student Learning Outcomes

The SLOs expected from all Applied Learning Experiences are as follows:

  • Global Awareness: Students will describe how the applied learning experience expanded their views in order to contribute to a diverse global society.
  • Broader Impact: Students will describe how the overall experience has larger implications related to the discipline and beyond.

Internship/Practicum ALEs may additionally address any or all of the following SLOs:

  • Integrate classroom learning, theory and course content with their internship experiences
  • Describe and explain work responsibilities and duties (evidence of understanding)
  • Articulate and demonstrate improvement in professional etiquette (including time management, dress code, formal versus informal protocols, etc)
  • Articulate and demonstrate team work, collaboration and leadership
  • Articulate and demonstrate cultural competence in the workplace
  • Articulate the importance of work ethic and appropriate ethical behavior in the workplace at both the local and global levels
  • Articulate how the internship experiences match up with career options, interests and skills (i.e. how have experiences expanded, directed or confirmed career options, interests and skills?)