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Internship roles and responsibilities

Academic Internship involvement

Metro Student

Internship work and deliverables are negotiated between the student and their site supervisor at the beginning of the internship and should be clearly stated on the Academic Internship Agreement form. Additional student responsibilities include:

  • attending an internship information session (optional)
  • finding and securing an internship position
  • reviewing and incorporating the appropriate College and Department Internship Guidelines
  • completing and submitting an Academic Internship Agreement form to to finalize registration ahead of or within the semester it is approved
  • being aware of any financial aid, graduation, registration, or other deadlines
  • attending any required college/department Internship Group Meetings
  • submitting any deliverables required by the college/department
  • notifying the Internship Coordinator (651-793-1289 or if there are any problems or concerns with the internship and/or site
  • reporting any concerns that may violate affirmative action/equal opportunity or sexual harassment laws to the on-site supervisor and Internship Coordinator (651-793-1289 or

Internship Site Supervisor

The site supervisor is the primary person responsible for training, directing, and monitoring the student’s work at their internship site.  Additional responsibilities include:

  • developing an internship job description with clear deliverables and timeline
  • providing on-going supervision and guidance
  • integrating the student into the site by including them in appropriate meetings and providing information, resources, and opportunities for professional development
  • providing professional guidance and mentoring to the student
  • notifying the Internship Coordinator (651-793-1289 or immediately if there is a problem or concern with the student intern and/or internship

Faculty Liaison and Learning Evaluator 

The Learning Evaluator is a Metro State faculty member responsible for evaluating and assessing learning from the internship experience.  The Learning Evaluator completes the Learning Evaluation for the student's internship based on college/department guidelines and assigns a grade. The Learning Evaluator oftentimes also serves as the department’s Faculty Liaison.

The Faculty Liaison is a Metro State faculty member, assigned by the department, to serve as a department coordinator for the academic internship process. They are responsible for reviewing the Academic Internship Agreement form and for academic and disciplinary alignment.

Internship Coordinator

The Career Center Internship Coordinator serves as a resource to students, site supervisors, and faculty liaisons. Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • facilitating internship information sessions
  • offering assistance and explanation of Metro State's standards and procedures to students and sites
  • serving as liaison between Metro State and the internship site to ensure a sound learning environment with high academic standards and mutually beneficial arrangements
  • providing students and sites with all necessary forms and instructions for completing an academic internship
  • coordinating the academic internship registration process
  • assisting students in defining the learning objectives and developing the competence statement
  • promoting internship opportunities