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I teach at LBCC in Albany and many of our students cannot afford to take internships, paid or otherwise, without making a huge sacrifice. This creates (or reinforces) a class divide with regard to who gets access and who doesn't. A viable alternative would be focused volunteer programs whereby students could spend a day a month, get to know the employers and the field, and not put themselves at risk financially. Students shouldn't have to pay for the credit, either - and I don't believe the cost is the same in spite of what your panelists stated. There is no prep time, no classroom time, and the only cost that can be accounted for is if, in fact, the school pays for an internship coordinator, in which case the full cost of a credit is unjustifiable.The time spent per student does not equate to the cost of a credit.
Students should, however, have the information on their transcripts, much as they would have Honor Society designations, which are non-credit.
Programs like Teach For America at least offer assistance with student loans, and in the case of Education students time spent in the classroom is overseen by a faculty advisor.
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