Experiential Learning-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Experiential Learning

The Carnegie Mellon on-campus internship program provides students with experiential learning opportunities to explore interests, develop skills, enhance their resume, and make money while working part-time on-campus.

All full-time undergraduate students, regardless of work-study eligibility, can participate. Students will be engaged in planned, educationally-related work that has intentional learning and development outcomes to indicate what the student should achieve as the result of the experience.

What distinguishes a campus internship from a regular campus job is that both the student and the supervisor state their goals and together identify their mutual goals for the internship experience. These goals will constitute the basis for evaluation and assessment of the experience.

The Program Process

Post in TartanTRAK

The employer must first post the internship in TartanTRAK. The job must include learning objectives, indicate the responsibilities, and list the qualifications to apply. The Director of Student Employment determine if the job qualifies as an internship.

Interview & Hire

The employer will interview and choose the intern. Finding the right candidate who is interested and possesses the necessary skills to be successful in the position is essential.

Complete the Necessary Forms

Campus Internship Learning Contract.pdf

This contract must be completed and signed by both the intern and the supervisor before the internship begins. It will become the learning plan by which the student and supervisor develop the specific goals and learning outcomes of the internship experience and how they are evaluated.

Campus Internship Self-Reflection.pdf

The student should reflect actively on what s/he is learning throughout the experience and use this form at the mid-point and the end of internship to record observations, learning, and achievement. Reflection is the element that transforms experience into learning and is an essential tool for adjusting the student experience and measuring outcomes.

Assessment & Evaluation Forms

Carnegie Mellon Student Employment Internship Standards & Guidelines.pdf
Rubric Rating Scale- Student Assessment.pdf
Rubric Rating Scale - Employer Assessment.pdf

The Internship Guidelines for Student Learning and Development Outcomes and the Rubric Rating scale are used together to monitor and assess learning outcomes.  The Internship Guidelines set the achievement indicators and the six desired learning and development outcome areas. The rubric rating scale has criteria and a scoring scale to assess and evaluate the student’s achievement and development.  Because learning and development is measured over time, the rubric scale has 3 stages: 1. developing, 2. transformation, and 3. proficiency. Both the student and the supervisor are required to rate the student’s achievement and state the reasons for the rating. By providing this feedback, appropriate workplace modifications can be made to ensure that the student has a meaningful and productive learning experience.

For questions about the Carnegie Mellon On-Campus Student Internship Program
contact Pati Kravetz, Director of Student Employment, at pk13@andrew.cmu.edu, or call 412-268-7052.