The College of the Arts works with employers that represent industries, corporations as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations, who are looking to hire interns or recent College of the Arts graduates. Below is information regarding ways in which CART Career Services connects with employers:
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
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:
- 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.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
- Employers are encouraged to offer internships through which students may earn academic credit at the University. Most credit-bearing internships are managed by the Cooperative Education (Co-op) program which carries specific employer-participation guidelines.
- Internships may be offered as carrying a salary or stipend, or as unpaid. The Fair Labor Standards Act sets clear guidelines for employers offering unpaid internships. (FLSA Worksheet #71) Wherever possible, the University encourages organizations to offer paid internships if they are in a position to do so.
- Internships are generally scheduled for the length of a semester (at Montclair State, a semester is defined as 15 weeks long during fall and spring and 14 weeks long during summer).
- Employers can structure positions as part-time (16-20 hrs) or full-time (35-40 hrs.)
- Employers are asked to provide a detailed position description which is posted for students to review. At a student applicant’s request, a resume would be forwarded to the employer for review. Follow-up interviews would be arranged by the employer.
- When a student accepts an internship offer, course enrollment for the work-based experience is arranged through the University’s Cooperative Education program. A Co-op Faculty Advisor is then assigned to supervise the student’s learning activities.
- For more information on employers’ participation in the Co-op program, go to: Co-op Employers