The following factors should be adhered to as closely as possible during an Internship.
- Offer a true career-related experience that enhances academic learning. Hiring a student to perform busywork (data entry, filing, answering phones, etc.) is appropriate for Internship experiences only when balanced with meaningful professional responsibilities. The Internship serves as a link between classroom learning and practical application so it should involve the student in making decisions and learning about a field through hands-on experience.
- Provide a position description that will describe the Internship. Include the name of the organization, position title and description, duration of employment, compensation information, qualifications required, location, and application process. If students are enrolling in academic credit for the Internship, they are required to complete an Internship Learning and Participation Agreement from their academic department, which they are responsible for sharing with you. This is an opportunity for you and the student to clearly define the job duties that will be performed during this time-limited employment period.
- Appoint someone to act as a mentor/supervisor during the experience. Provide an orientation for the student to the work site. Introduce the student to the organization, employees, physical layout, and order of responsibility. Be sure the student Intern knows the general philosophy and procedures of operation for the organization as a whole. Inform the Intern of rules and expectations to be followed.
- Provide the Intern with feedback and assessment information. Be sure that the mentor/supervisor has the time to oversee the student's performance and offer constructive feedback. The Carson College of Business Internship Coordinator will check in with you halfway through for the semester for an update on the Intern’s progress. At the conclusion of the internship, a Final Employer Internship Evaluation is due to the internship coordinator by the 15th week of semester (Friday of dead week).