A BIG THANK YOU for taking the time and dedication to host a DeSales student as your intern! The students here at DeSales University are dedicated to growing as professionals and individuals, and being in the work environment truly will allow them to refine and develop their passions and skills.
1) Final Evaluation Form for your intern
2) Bulldogs4HIRE: A great place to post your internship and full time job positions!
3) Paying Interns?: One of the most important decisions when implementing an internship program is weighing the benefits of a paid internship program versus an unpaid program. The right answer may not be the same for every organization.
4) National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) position statement on U.S. internships (paid vs. unpaid)
• The student intern is expected to work a minimum of 135 hours per semester for a 3-credit internship and a minimum of 270 hours per semester for a 6-credit internship. Internships are taken on a pass-fail basis. Internship supervisors will need to sign the student intern’s Learning Contract (discussed in more detail below) and complete an evaluation at the end of the internship (evaluation forms should be provided by your intern or can be accessed above). Additionally, employers may need to correspond with or accommodate a visit from an intern’s faculty supervisor.
• The employer supervisor should provide access to appropriate work/learning experiences in safe environments, where there is adequate supervision and where equipment needed for the completion of internship tasks is available. The internship site should carry appropriate insurance, including policies mandated by federal, state, and local law. These include, but are not necessarily limited to general liability, professional liability, and worker’s compensation insurance. It is also important that interns are informed about appropriate workplace behaviors, the organization’s harassment policy, and complaint procedures.
• With regard to the question of whether or not pay interns, you will want to seek legal advice and refer to the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as the Department of Labor. If hiring international students as interns, it will also be helpful to consult an expert on immigration.
Orientation to the Work Setting
At the beginning of the internship, you might set aside time to discuss some of the following:
The Organization's Work Rules
What are your organization's formal and informal work rules? Are there clear implicit goals for your organization?
The Organizational Environment
People: Who are the key players in the larger organization? In your department? Who are the formal and informal leaders in your organization? What are their backgrounds?
Structure: What are the formal and informal organizational structures at your site? What are the formal and informal communication patterns?
Funding/Budget: Where does the funding come from to operate your organization? Share with the intern some of the operating budgets for your unit or the organization as a whole.
Supervision: If you are supervising others, how would you characterize your supervisory style? What are the challenges you meet as a supervisor? How has your style changed during your career?
How to Make the Internship Go Smoothly
1. Initial contact: Prior to the beginning of the internship, we recommend that the student and the internship host arrange an interview and define the student's job responsibilities and related matters of interest (e.g., start and end dates, hours expected, company rules, etc.). Please provide your student intern with a formal offer letter or email, which he/she can submit to the Career Services office upon applying for our Internship Program.
2. Written Learning Contract: DeSales University requires the student to write a Learning Contract in cooperation with an Employer Supervisor and a Faculty Supervisor. This will allow the three individuals to reach an agreement on the structure/substance of the internship and the performance criteria. Be specific about what results you expect from the intern. Plan ahead for a mutually beneficial experience.
3. Communication: Open communication between you, the Faculty Supervisor and the student is critical to provide a positive experience. The student will meet with their Faculty Supervisor periodically during the semester. Likewise, the Faculty Supervisor should contact you for your feedback on how the internship is progressing. At the end of the semester, when you complete your interns evaluation, be sure to discuss it with him/her.
4. High Expectations: The greatest benefit to the student is when you treat him or her as you do your professional employees.