Delaware Valley University provides two different tracks for students to gain academic credit through field-related work experience: career exploration experiences (CEEs) and internships.
CEEs are an opportunity for students to gain an introduction to or exploration within their discipline-related field. They provide a chance for students to explore options within their industries.
Internships are opportunities for students to develop industry-specific knowledge and gains skills in preparation for post-graduation opportunities – they should be apprenticeship-type positions in which the students work with professionals in career tracks that they wish to pursue.
Advantages of Employer Participation
With a DelVal student, you can expect:
- Students who are seeking experience in a discipline-related field they have an interest in
- Assistance in projects of importance to your organization
- Students who have been guided in professional development through a first-year course focused on problem-based learning and critical thinking
- Students who have identified and are able to articulate their career plan and learning goals for each experience they pursue
- Students who will have staff and faculty supervision and are receiving course credit for their experiences
- An opportunity to work with a future candidate for employment
- A chance to make a difference in a student’s career trajectory
As a site supervisor, your responsibilities include:
- Providing whatever training the student needs to understand your organization's culture and methods of task completion; assigning any readings that you feel would assist the student in understanding your work.
- Assisting the student in identifying Learning Objectives as a component to their Activity Application Form (student application to count the experience for academic credit).
- Setting clear performance expectations for the student and providing regular supervision
- Notifying the Center for Student Professional Development, in a timely manner, if student performance issues arise.
- Verifying the student's log of hours at the end of the semester (form provided by the Center for Student Professional Development).
- Completing an evaluation of the student's performance at the end of the semester (form provided by the Center for Student Professional Development).
A student’s work experience can be completed locally or away from the Doylestown area. The credit courses associated with these experiences are held online and students are able to participate wherever the work site is located.
Compensation is primarily at the discretion of the organization. If offering an unpaid position, please be sure that your position meets the U.S. Department of Labor’s Six Criteria regarding Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.
Experiences follow the same semester system in place for all students. Students may participate in a fall, spring or summer experiences.