What’s the role of the academic institution when a virtual internship is underway?
As with an in-person internship, it’s helpful for students to have periodic checkpoints with their institution, to identify any issues early on in the process. Riipen’s milestones feature lets student self-report progress at predetermined dates, and gives both the educator and the employer a chance to see these progress updates.
The academic institution usually takes a backseat during the remote internship, unless the students are completing instruction or training in parallel. Primarily, the institution is there as a resource for supporting their students when needed.
The administrator who approves the employer project is included in messages between the student and employer on Riipen, by default. However, they can leave this message thread at any time if they prefer to leave correspondence directly between the student and educator.