Internship Information For Employers
What Is An Internship?
An internship is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. An internship:
- Is a time-limited experience of approximately three months and occurs during the fall, spring or summer semester
- Is generally a one-time experience
- May be part-time or full-time; paid or non-paid
- May be part of an educational program and carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit
- May be part of a learning plan developed individually
- Is different from a short-term job or volunteer work as it includes an intentional “learning agenda” in a structured work environment.
- Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment
- Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern
- Seeks to establish a reasonable balance between the learning goals of the intern and the specific work tasks of an organization
- Promotes academic, career and/or personal development
How Do Internships Benefit Employers?
- A year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
- The opportunity to have new perspectives on various processes, procedures and programs
- Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
- The increased visibility of your organization on college campuses
- The freedom for professional staff to pursue other important projects and tasks
- A flexible, cost-effective work force that does not require a long-term employment commitment
- Prepared and trained new employees hired from your intern pool
- A proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
Adapted from materials published by the National Society for Experiential Education
Download 'Top 10 Concerns of Interns' and sample internship forms to assist in developing your internship plan.
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