WHAT IS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING? Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service-learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study-abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships*. These guidelines address the types of experiential learning programs that UCLA Career Center will approve as an internship listing.
WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates a student’s academic experience with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships allow UCLA students to gain valuable applied experience and make professional connections, while also giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Each of the employers we assist in listing opportunities shares this commitment to making their internship program a true learning experience.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GUIDELINES: UNPAID INTERNSHIPS The UCLA Career Center, UCLA academic departments, and major private sector employers who hire interns refer to the U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet “Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” We expect all for-profit employers who post unpaid internships at UCLA to first review this fact sheet and assess whether their programs meet stated Department of Labor guidelines.
CRITERIA FOR AN UNPAID OPPORTUNITY TO BE DEFINED AS AN INTERNSHIP
To ensure that an experience is educational in nature, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:
1. There are clearly defined learning objectives related to the intern’s professional goals and/or academic coursework.
2. Supervision is provided by a professional with relevant expertise or education in the industry or occupation.
3. Resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer support learning objectives.
4. The skills or knowledge learned must be applicable to the industry or transferable to other employment settings.
5. Each employer’s internship listing must have:
6. UCLA interns cannot be used to “staff up” or replace paid staff.
7. Employers are responsible for creating a safe and respectful work environment.
8. Please note that the following types of programs with required or requested fees will not be approved for listing on the Career Center’s BruinView™ service:
9. Providers of career services or websites offering career information may only list paid part-time or full-time jobs which support their own business operations. These positions may not be listed as internships, and listings may not be used to solicit student registrations or to collect any other student information.
10. All credit-based, unpaid internship programs offered to students should also comply with guidelines and enrollment dates provided by the UCLA Center for Community Learning at: http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/communitylearning/partnerscorporate.htm
By submitting your internship listing to the UCLA Career Center,
your organization agrees to all of these policies and guidelines listed above.
* (Source: “A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation,” National Association of Colleges and Employers)
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