The NIACC Business Internship program offers students a learning opportunity that is based on realistic work experience and relative to their program of study. Internships are individualized to enable students to gain valuable work skills and also help determine career choices.
The NIACC Business Internship program directly relates to the four program clusters and over twenty degree programs offered by the Business Division. A business internship is a great opportunity for students to increase their employment skills and learning power, earn college credit, and make key industry contacts that could possibly lead to permanent employment.
Students can earn up to 5 credits per semester, and the course is repeatable. NIACC will provide assistance in locating possible internship sites; however, securing the internship is ultimately the student’s responsibility.
Characteristics of the Business Internship Development Center
It is important for the student to understand these characteristics of the Business Internship Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College:
First, this learning experience is based entirely on practical work experience. This means that the majority of the student’s learning takes place on the job through an employer.
Second, a Business Internship is an integral part of the student’s chosen Business program. The work experience must provide new learning opportunities that are directly related to a program of study and/or career choice. During the experience, the student will earn academic credits toward graduation and receive a grade for this experience.
Third, the experience is individualized to enable the student to develop and achieve appropriate goals. The key element in this student-faculty-employer relationship is the development of mutually agreeable work objectives. To make this experience valuable, the student is asked to jointly establish specific objectives for the experience.
Fourth, the experience will allow the student an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired from their academic studies. This experience will enhance employ-ability and development of additional career knowledge, responsibility, and self-confidence.