Currently I'm enrolled in a master's program. Part of my program requires an internship which is to be found by the school. I have not been provided with an internship opportunity and thus my graduation may be extended, or I may not graduate. The school doesn't seem to feel as though they are bound by any sort of timeline as to when they need to provide me with an internship. Is this a breach of contract? What are my options?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Wisconsin
contacted the Dean, asked for another advisor to find internship, found an internship myself but it was declined for a reason that was not written in policy.
Thank you for your question.This is a tough question and a situation to be in. Generally speaking the school has to provide 'best efforts' in finding an internship for you, and if none exist, attempt to assist you with finding other opportunities that may fit the type of major and degree that you are pursuing. In terms of whether or not this is a breach of contract you must ultimately look to the terms you signed; if the school promises to 'help' find an internship, or the degree is contingent on this internship which they are not trying to find for you, you can claim that it is either a breach or a formal 'bad faith' violation on their end for not performing their end of the agreement. To prove 'bad faith' you have to show that they failed to perform AND that they also failed to even attempt to remedy or otherwise limit damages and failed to find alternative methods of completing the contract (such as having you find an internship yourself, and having them approve it if it was within the same industry and general scope).I do suggest you speak with the Dean and discuss a possible breach of terms. State that you are being held without cause, and see if the school itself may create an internship for you which you would be able to perform on campus, if they were unable to find you an outside party.Good luck.Dimitry Esquire41072.6754804745
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