The Bellarmine Internship Guarantee

"The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom." – Thomas Merton

Guaranteed: Internship Experience

In the fall 2015, Bellarmine announced the Bellarmine Internship Guarantee – guaranteeing all students an internship opportunity. In the past two years, three major initiatives have been launched, including: two preparatory career courses, a summer internship scholarship, and a paid internship program in the nonprofit sector.  

Career Courses:
BU199: “Major and Career Pathways” - will offer its first section in spring 2017 and is a 1-credit, 8-week course designed to guide students through a process of self-discovery and discernment to explore majors and career opportunities that align with their values, interests, personality, and skills.  

BU299: “Internship Preparation and Success” - is a 1-credit, 7-week course designed to empower students in their internship and job search and prepare them for professional expectations of the workplace. BU299 is also a pre-requisite to receive the Summer Internship Scholarship. 

Summer Internship Scholarship:
The Summer Internship Scholarship provides free tuition for a three-credit summer internship course for students who have completed BU299 or a designated equivalent course (i.e. PSYC299, CJS.299, and ENGL299). Students are responsible for a $350 internship supervision fee. Students may apply through our 2018 Summer Internship Scholarship Application and will be assigned a career advisor who can assist them in the process as needed.

Live.Work.Lead.Serve. Internship Stipends
In 2017, Career Center received two grants from local foundations (James Graham Brown Foundation and Ogle Foundation) that will fund 30+ students per summer pursuing unpaid internships in the nonprofit sector. The program, Live.Work.Lead.Serve, will be launched in summer 2018 and will support Bellarmine’s mission to deeply engage students in community while exploring and pursuing pathways to meaningful work. 

Through the Bellarmine Internship Guarantee we inspire, not require, students to complete internships for academic credit. Over the next four years we will work to increase the number of students completing an internship for credit from 70% to 90% for the class of 2021. 

Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.  
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

For further discussion and information concerning the legal requirements and standards of internships, we recommend you review the NACE Position Statement: U.S. Internships A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation.

Internships at Bellarmine