Employers: Frequently Asked Questions
What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience that is relevant to a student’s chosen major. It has the duration of approximately 15 weeks and at the conclusion of the internship the student will receive 3 hours of academic credit towards his or her degree.
Why should my business participate in the internship program?
Internships give students the opportunity to explore careers in their chosen major, network with potential employers, and learn about jobs that are available. The employer also benefits from the internship by:
- Building your potential employee pool
- Receiving additional staff assistance during peak times/special projects
- Providing supervision experience for future managers in your company
- Mentoring a student
How long is the internship experience?
Internships can begin at any time but usually correspond to the fall, spring, and summer semesters. A student must spend a minimum of 150 hours on the jobsite to obtain the 3 hours of academic credit for the internship together with meeting all the other course requirements. However, if the student’s schedule permits and the business agrees, the student may put in additional hours beyond the minimum requirement.
Should the internship be paid?
Although the primary purpose of the internship program is to give a student relevant business experience in his or her chosen field, compensation during the internship experience is certainly an incentive. Monetary compensation also helps to create the atmosphere of employment. To date, most of the internship opportunities that have partnered with the internship program have provided compensation ranging from a stipend to help pay for the tuition cost of the internship to $9.00 per hour or more.
What is expected of me if I participate in the internship program?
The internship program expects each employer to provide meaningful duties for the student to perform that would enhance the student’s understanding of his or her career area.