The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance follows internship best practices as outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Please read the criteria for internships below.
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. This is a learning experience that provides the student an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to an internship. 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.