»Advising an Intern

Please see the Internship Program Faculty Handbook for program guidelines and processes.

+-Internship Definitions

  1. Internship: A structured and supervised professional work/learn experience, within an approved agency, organization, or corporation, for which a student can earn academic credit. Also referred to as work experience, field work practicum, cooperative education, or experiential learning. 
  2. Student Intern: The student is involved in a unique three-way partnership that includes the student, employer, and academic institution. 
  3. Faculty Internship Advisor: At Chapman University, this may be a faculty advisor, or a faculty in the academic department from which the students seeks internship credit.  This faculty member works closely with the student employer before and during the internship in the role of a teacher and coach to facilitate the planning, communication, and the reflective/learning process. The internship faculty advisor submits a final grade for the student intern.
  4. Internship Employer: The individual at the host agency or work/field site, who is designated to supervise the student intern’s work, evaluate performance, and provide feedback to the student and to the educational institution.
  5. Intern Responsibilities Form: Outlines the student’s accountability to the internship program and employer. This form is signed by the student and kept on file in the Career Development Center. 
  6. Internship Learning Agreement Form (ILAF): The Chapman University agreement signed by the student intern, faculty internship advisor, internship employer, and approved by the Career Development Center. All parties agree to the work and academic activities to be performed by the student intern, to the type of supervision and involvement that will be provided by the internship employer, and the supervision and evaluation that will be provided by the faculty internship advisor. 
  7. Fieldwork/Employment Site: Any business, government agency, educational institution, social service agency, or other organization that accepts college interns.
  8. Internship Coordinator: Serves as the liaison between students, employers and university. Manages the program on a semester basis including student registration, employer postings, and new program development

+-Faculty Compensation and Reimbursement

Independent Internships

  • Full-time faculty advising independent internships will receive a teaching stipend at the rate of $50 per credit (a cap of $150 total per student, per internship regardless of number of credits supervised).
  • Part-time faculty will be paid at the same rate of $50 per credit, with a cap of $150 total per student, as an “overload equivalent.”
  • Faculty will be compensated for up to 10 students, or a maximum of 30 units per semester.

Seminar Internships

  • Full-time faculty who teach internships on a seminar format may be compensated as part of their regular teaching load. In these cases, departments will be compensated for seminar internship “courses” at the part-time faculty rate of one course. This will allow departments to continue their curricular offerings in addition to offering internships in seminar format.
  • Part-time faculty will be paid for a seminar internship course at the same rate as for a non-internship course
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