Host an Intern

Internship Basics

“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.” - National Association of Colleges and Employers

Benefits of Hosting an Intern

  • Provide new and fresh perspectives 
  • Give employees a chance to mentor students 
  • Increase productivity and accomplish goals
  • Recruit potential future hires

How is an Internship Different From a Job?

Internships are intentional learning experiences outlined by specific learning objectives, which sets them apart from other types of employment. Review the differences between internships, freelance work, and traditional employment below:

learning experience project based regular paid employment
Reason for Hire
to assist with projects, talent pipeline, does not displace employee to complete projects employer does not have the capacity for to fill an open position
 Length of employment
temporary, typically length of semester temporary, until project is complete permanent
Results of work

student learning

company success

company success

Who benefits most




Employee expectations

learn and develop new skills

fulfill project-based work organization cannot

fulfill job responsibilities

Employer expectations

supervise, mentor, educate

guide, advise

train, supervise


paid or unpaid*



*Unpaid internship experiences must adhere to the factors of the “primary beneficiary test” established by US Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Volunteers give their time to help a cause or organization. Typically the work focuses on social causes and is unpaid.

For-Credit Internships

Students who register their internship for school credit are enrolled in a 3-credit studio course facilitated by Career Development. It is not required for all students to register for credit, though international students and a few programs of study are required to do so. More details on the coursework below:

MICA determines if an internship meets the requirements to award school credit.
Career Development evaluates internships based on the outlined responsibilities and goals established by the student and the employer to determine if the experience meets MICA’s academic standards.

  • 120 hours minimum worked with the internship site
    Ensure the student can achieve 120 hours during the decided schedule. Not achieving this hour requirement puts the student’s grade in jeopardy.

Student Coursework:

  • Internship Learning Agreement (approved by MICA and the supervisor)

  • 120 logged working hours

  • 3 Informational Interviews 

  • Student Midpoint & Final Questionnaires

  • Supervisor Midpoint & Final Evaluations 

  • Online Group or Written Discussions

  • Internship Summary 

  • Final Presentation 

  • Pass/Fail Grade

Read more at Internship Eligibility Guidelines

MICA’s Equal Opportunity Policy

MICA seeks to provide an educational environment based on mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Visit to learn more.

Questions? Concerns?

If problems arise with a MICA intern, provide them with appropriate feedback and action steps to correct the issue. The Assistant Director for Internships in Career Development is available to discuss the situation and help determine the best course of action. In serious cases, a student may be released from their internship position. For-credit internships do not mean a supervisor has to tolerate negative or unprofessional behavior. / 410-225-2420