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What are NAF's requirements for an internship?
To meet the requirements needed for NAFTrack Certification from April 2020 - August 2023, students must complete an internship (virtual or in-person), health science clinical experience, or approved internship alternative experience (service learning experience, volunteerism experience in a non-profit, or CTSO or business-focused project with business partner assisting as a project mentor/supervisor) that meets the following requirements:
80+ hours (or two 40+ hour experiences)
Paid, compensated, or volunteer
Direct supervision by an accountable adult who is not the student’s teacher
Completion of the NAFTrack Internship Assessment by the student’s mentor/supervisor (not teacher, parent, or guardian) at the end of the internship
Do internships have to be completed in the summer?
While many internships take place in the summer due to student availability, internships can take place at any point in the year.
Can students participate in more than one internships?
Yes, students can participate in more than one internship but will only receive credit once.
If a student doesn't pass their internship can they participate in another and have it count?
Yes, students can participate in multiple internships. They only need to pass one internship to receive credit and have it count towards NAFTrack Certification.
Do students have to submit pay stubs to prove they were paid for internships?
No. When the internship is added to NAFTrack, the teacher selects whether the student will be paid, compensated, or unpaid for their time. Students do not need to submit pay stubs to prove they were paid for an internship.
Does a student get academic credit for internships?
No. NAF does not give academic credit for internships, however check your district’s policy as they may allow academic credit for internships.
If a student has a 60 hour internship and a 20 hour internship does that meet NTC requirements?
No. A student can meet the NTC internship requirements by completing one 80 hour internship or two 40 hour internships.
What is the difference between "paid" and "compensated"?
In an internship experience, students provide work of value to an employer and therefore should be paid at no less than the appropriate minimum wage in your area. In many internship alternative experiences, students are working on projects or tasks that mirror workplace environments and skill development opportunities, but are not providing work of value to an employer company. In these instances, students may be compensated for their time in ways such as college/high school credit, gift cards, or prizes.