Internships (off campus) and practicums (on campus) are structured learning experiences in a work setting. They involve a partnership between the student, Marymount California University faculty and a company or organization. Internships and practicums allow students to bridge and strengthen the connection between education and career.
Developing networks is the most effective way to secure your first position. Participating in an internship and/or practicum is the fastest way to connect with the people who are in positions that can lead to job offers.
INTERNSHIP and PRACTICUM COMPARISON
Internship: (291, 391, 491, 591) An internship is a learning opportunity made available through a working partnership between Marymount California University and an employer and can be taken for between 1 and 12 units*. The goal of participating in an internship is to allow students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an experience that may lead to a career and/or job offer. Internship sites are off-campus, may be with for-profit or nonprofit institutions and may be paid or unpaid.
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Internship and Capstone: Marymount students have a unique opportunity to combine the learning objectives of the Senior Capstone Project and match with an organization through an internship. Students who do not plan to attend graduate school benefit by combining these two programs. Faculty should have a discussion with students in their junior year about the possibility of developing an internship around their Senior Capstone project. Juniors interested in this combination should register for the ID 317 offered every spring semester.
Practicum: (296, 396, 496) A practicum is an on-campus learning opportunity with an office or program at Marymount University. This part-time work experience is worth between 1 and 6 units* and is open to all students. Students typically participate in a practicum while taking several classes, thus maintaining full-time status for financial aid purposes. The goal of participating in a practicum is to allow students to apply classroom skills in an office or program environment. Students may select a practicum that is not aligned with their major.
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*Units are earned according to preset, unit-to-hour equivalencies established by the University. (See Practicum Guidelines for unit-to-hour ratio.)
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