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The Menlo College Academic Internship Program facilitates “a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting” (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

Students may intern in any type of company (small or large; for-profit or non-profit; government or NGO), but internships must be related to a student’s major field of study:

Read the Internship Supervisor Manual – 2021 for a complete program overview.

Methods of Recruiting Students

1. Post an internship or job for free on Handshake. Handshake is Menlo College’s online career platform and is free for employers.

2. Host a free Virtual Employer Spotlight. Employers are invited to host 30-minute Employer Spotlights. Employer Spotlights are a great opportunity to connect directly with a small number of students. Employer Spotlights are free, but you must select a date at least 14 business days in advance.

3. Register for Career Connect Day and Career Fair: We host an annual Career Connect Day and Career Fair each spring that is attended by 250-300 students and young alumni. The morning features employer-led workshops and info sessions; the afternoon is reserved for the fair. *Registration opens the week after Thanksgiving. Email careerservices@menlo.edu to request an invite.*

4. Volunteer for Mock Interview Day: Each fall, more than 150 students prepare for their internship search by doing a mock interview with volunteer employers and alumni. *Email careerservices@menlo.edu to request to participate.*

Internship Time Frames and Academic Credit

This 6-unit program is a graduation requirement for business majors, and is optional for psychology majors. Below are the timelines and program details. Please note that the specific internship dates align with the Internship Seminar Course that all students participating in the program must enroll in while completing their internship.

Credit OptionsTime FrameHours on SiteAcademic Standing
6 unitsSummer320+ hours
(32+ hours per week for 10 weeks)
Rising Senior
6 unitsFall and Spring320+ hours
(12-13 hours per week for two semesters)

Upcoming Internship Dates

Confirming Internships for Academic Credit

Prior to a student beginning an internship, the ICS team will review the position description to ensure it is related to the students major and meets the criteria outlined below. In certain cases, the ICS team may request to schedule a site visit with the employer before confirming the internship for academic credit.

Internship Criteria

To ensure that a field experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, Menlo College has adopted the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) criteria for a quality internship:

Menlo College will not approve for academic credit any internship that is:

If the internship does not meet the criteria outlined above, then Menlo College can promote the opportunity as a not-for-credit internship. To post not-for-credit internships and part-time or full-time jobs, please create a free employer account on Handshake.

Supervisor Responsibilities

Download the Menlo College Internship Supervisor Manual for a complete overview of the program and expectations for both students and supervisors. In sum:

Internship Proposal

Our Team

Dylan Houle

Kelly Davis
Assistant Director

Bianca Neme Barros
Student Employee


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