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Minnesota Association For Experiential Learning (MAFEL)


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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



Tubman: Family Crisis & Support Services

3111 First Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55408


“Legal Issues in Internships

Panel and small group discussions


Julie Huck (MAFEL executive board member) 


Scott Goings, Assistant General Counsel, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Mary Thomas, Senior Director, litigation/employment law, Best Buy

Gina Janeiro, Office Managing Shareholder, Jackson Lewis LLP/Legal Corps 

Gleaned from a set of ideas generated at the end of the 2012/13 series of meetings, there was a large percentage of members who were interested in having a dialogue around the increase in legal matters concerning interns and internships, i.e. paid versus unpaid; background checks, and liability concerns. Based on this, MAFEL executive committee members have invited three professionals from various contexts to present their experiences, expertise and examples to share and to respond to our questions. Review the attachment from the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division outlining the 6-prong guide for interns, paid or unpaid. Please, consider joining us. 

A huge THANK YOU to Tubman for hosting us.


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