ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Internship Job/Work Experience
Experiential workplace activity
which allows students to
synthesize classroom theory
with work practice. There is a
balance between learning and
Duties, responsibilities, and
tasks benefiting the employer
performed for wages.
“…individual who performs hours
of service…for civic, charitable, or
humanitarian reasons, without
promise, expectation or receipt of
compensation for services
rendered.” (Department of Labor)
Intentional learning objectives,
structure, and assignments are
developed in advance between
employer, student and ECC.
Position activities are job
description and supervisor
Position activities are site need
and supervisor driven.
Has a specific duration. Many are
16 weeks long, but may be up to
a year in length or intermittent.
Open ended with the duration
determined by employer or
Length of time determined by
20 or less (suggested) set hours
per week for the duration.
Determined by company and
accepted by employee.
Determined by site and volunteer.
Ongoing constructive feedback
and structured evaluation by the
supervisor or mentor is
expected to assist the student in
increasing technical skills and
Completion and outcome of
tasks are evaluated based on
Tasks are evaluated based on site
Follows Fair Labor Standards
Act Department of Labor Wage
and Hourly Division guidelines*
Follows Department of Labor
Fair Labor Standards Act
Volunteer non-wages not
regulated by law
Paid or unpaid.
Paid internships establish a
reasonable balance between the
intern’s learning goals and the
tasks of the employer. Unpaid
interns must meet guidelines of
the DOL Wage and Hourly
Credit or non-credit available Non-credit only Credit or non-credit available
Strategic Partnerships &
Director of Orientation and
See US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #71 https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf
Elgin Community College Office of Strategic Partnerships & Experiential Learning