Internship Structure Requirements

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The Washington Center’s goal is to provide an avenue for students to gain hands-on experience in professional work environments that relate to their academic and career interests. The program is structured to benefit both the student intern and the sponsoring organization. To ensure that the minimum standards are met to grant academic credit for an internship, The Washington Center has established the following evaluation criteria for internship site sponsors.

The organization agrees to comply with the following as conditions for hosting interns from The Washington Center:

  • Comply with all local, state and federal labor laws.
  • Have a Non-discrimination and Sexual Harassment policy in place.
  • Provide the intern with a safe work environment.
  • Provide the intern with a schedule composed of no less than 80% substantive, non-clerical work.
  • Ensure that the intern reports to work for 32–36 hours per week, depending on program enrollment.
  • Provide the intern with information regarding the internship site’s policies and procedures regarding dress code, professional, legal and ethical behavior, emergency preparedness, etc., and be available to respond to any questions the intern may have.
  • Provide the intern with an orientation to the office and the intern’s position along with training the intern on the use of office equipment.
  • Provide the intern with a desk and computer and other necessary tools to effectively complete internship responsibilities.
  • Participate in a minimum of one site visit in coordination with The Washington Center to discuss the intern performance and conduct additional meetings if requested.

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