Apprenticeship vs. Internship
There are many differences between apprenticeships and internships (see below).
In general, apprenticeships are long-term while internships are short, lasting a month, a semester, or a summer.
Internships are perfect for students interested in learning more about a particular occupation or career, and can be a good way for both students and employers to determine if apprenticeship would be a good fit for both and a logical next step.
Apprenticeships are for those who already know and are passionate about their career choice and who are willing to make the commitment to work and school.
|Purpose||Students take on a temporary role completing tasks and/or projects; employer provides training. Many employers use internship as a way to evaluate potential employees as a qualifier for apprenticeships.||To increase skill/knowledge base; to become expertly proficient in an occupation through on-the-job training and related education. Driven in part by the skilled trades gap, registered apprenticeship is a popular option.|
|Duration||Internships typically last for 1 semester, but can continue for a 2nd semester and into the summer. They usually do not last longer than one year.||Apprenticeships last 1-4 years depending on the occupation. Four years is common for most professional trade occupations but shorter apprenticeships are becoming popular.|
|Tuition Reimbursement||In most cases, employers do not usually pay for the intern’s tuition. (There may be exceptions.)||Employers generally pay for all or part of the apprentice’s tuition, usually through a reimbursement plan. Apprentices have little to no student loan debt at the successful conclusion of the program.|
|Paid?||The vast majority of internships are paid but interns generally do not receive benefits.||Apprentices are regular company employees who are paid and receive benefits. They typically start at a slightly lower wage, and are guaranteed regular increases as their knowledge and skills increase.|
|Full-time vs. Part-time||Internships can be either full- or part-time depending on the company’s needs and availability to students.||Apprentices work full time. Apprenticeship is called an “earn and learn” model because of the work and education components.|
|Flexibility with classes?||Schoolcraft College classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and occasionally on weekends. This allows students and employers flexibility to manage classes and work.||Apprentices typically work a regular work day and take classes on their own time. Some employers are able to be flexible with apprentices’ college schedules.|
|College credit earned?||Although not required, student may take the internship course during their internship experience, and earn college credit if needed.||Apprentices earn college credit for all of the courses they complete during their apprenticeship.|
|Crendential earned?||The internship itself does not offer a stand-alone credential. If the student completes a program of study, they will earn a certificate or degree.||At the completion of a Dept. of Labor-registered apprenticeship, the employee will receive a nationally recognized and highly respected credential.|