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"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.  Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution.  This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization.  The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid.  An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives."

Developed in 2002 by Mike True (of Messiah College) in collaboration with other professionals 

MAFEL is a group of professionals in higher education and community organizations involved with experiential education, including:

  • Internships
  • Cooperative Education
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Field Study/Field Based Research Practicums
  • Other forms of active learning

The primary focus of MAFEL is maximizing the value of academic internships for students, sites, and schools.

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Our Next Meeting:


(MAFEL) Meeting



8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Light refreshments



McNally Smith School of Music

19 Exhange St East

Room 70

St. Paul, MN 55101


“Reflection in Internships


Please join us for a conversation with Laura Dammer Hess and Monica Siems from the Career and Community Learning Center at the University of Minnesota as they talk with us about Reflection in Internships.

We all know that reflection is a key component of experiential learning, but it sometimes doesn't get the time or attention that it deserves.  This means two things: 1) Students may not reflect as deeply as we would like them to, and they might miss what we consider critical learning objectives, and 2) We might not put the time and attention into structuring reflection so it will require students to do more.  

In this session we will:
1. Engage the group in taking stock of their current reflection practices
2. Share our own experience in creating reflections for the Community Engagement Scholars Program
3. Take time for participants to identify what they could apply to their own situation to maximize the effectiveness of reflection


Please RSVP to by Monday, June 9 if you’re planning to attend.





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and what happens when ideas or entities coalesce.

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