Guidelines for Establishing Strong Effective Internship Programs
What you should know
- An internhsip is an on-site pre-professional experience providing exposure to actual career fields and responsibilities
- Internships provide students with opportunities to identify skills and gain practical work experience
- An internship is NOT free labor
- Typical internships range from 8 - 15 hours a week during semesters and full-time during the summer
- Many students are compensated monetarily for their internships. The range is from approximately $10 - $17 per hour based on experience and industry/field
- Students usually recive credit or some kind of acknowedgment from their program department for unpaid internships and they negotiate the terms of the agreement
- Stipends, recognition dinners, cook-outs or outings add a nice touch to unpaid work experiences.
Establishing an Internship Program
- Consider your organization's ability to provide meaningful work assignments, to invest time in interns through training and supervision
- Begin by locating a staff member who would enjoy and benefit from working with an intern
- The intern supervisor should be a professional in the field who is committed to and capable of providing instruction and constructive feedback for the intern
- Develop goals and learning objectives for the intern and identify the intern's projects and activities
- Take into account your ability to provide financial support (monetary compensation) as well as office space
Finding your intern
- To list an internship opportunity for Tech students, register with RaiderJobs, our online job portal
- Provide a company overview, job description, and qualifications. Give a brief idea of projects, tasks, compensation, location and time commitment.
- Meet with the intern to discuss the job descriptions and expected outcomes. Decide on start and end dates.
- Orient the intern to your work site through a tour. Acquaint the intern to the mission, goals and policies of your company (written and unwritten).
- Provide staff with background information about the intern's projects and responsibilities.
- Schedule regular meetings with the intern to provide a forum for feedback and questions.
- During the internship, the supervisor and intern should meet frequently to discuss progress and expectations.
- An exit interview should be done with the intern to review the intern's performance and accomplishments.