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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

Writing an Internship/Job Description

Recruiting and Legal Issues

Managing Interns

Evaluating Your Program

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