What is an Internship?
Internships are supervised, career-related work experiences which are combined with reflective, academic study to help students "learn by doing." They are available to juniors and seniors in the fall, spring, or summer, and they must be at least 120 hours in length.
How Can I, as a Site Sponsor, Benefit?
Many supervisors simply enjoy sharing their expertise and savvy in their roles as professional mentors. In addition, some tangible benefits include:
- Year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
- Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
- Freedom for professional staff to pursue more creative projects
- Flexible, cost-effective workforce not requiring a long-term site sponsor commitment
- Proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
According to the 2005 Experiential Education Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 75% of employer respondents indicated the primary purpose for them in sponsoring an internship is to recruit entry-level talent. The same survey reported that 62% of new college hires had internship experience.
How Does it Work?
As a sponsoring organization, you can offer substantive work experiences that support students' academic and career goals.