A wide variety of large and small businesses, non-profits, and government institutions have found that SSU business and economics student interns add value to their organizations. In fact, many employers have found them to be so successful that they have built internships into their long-term staffing plans.
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What is an internship?
Internships are designed by the employer to meet their organizational needs while at the same time providing for the needs of the intern. Internship programs offer students an opportunity to expand their education into the world of work. They put classroom theory into practice, test tentative career choices and build their professional experience in preparation for graduation. Interns make a short-term, 10-20 hour/week commitment to work for an employer to gain valuable experience and exposure to the work environment in their academic major.
The employer, in turn, commits to providing a learning experience and specific work assignments related to a student’s studies. An internship can be part-time or full-time and must be paid. Academic credit is given upon successful completion of an internship.
|What do interns do?
Interns are a valuable resource. They may:
A critical step in developing internships involves identifying the office support needed for a successful internship. Consider the following:
Write the internship position description as if you were seeking a new part-time employee. Include the following in a brief description:
Send the internship description on organization letterhead to us electronically, and we will market the opportunity in the following ways:
|The Internship Director checks in with employers midway through the semester to monitor the intern’s performance. At semester-end, the intern is required to submit a reflection paper describing the internship and the benefit received from it.