Career Center: Internships - Employers
When you hire a UP intern, you gain an eager, innovative, and devoted worker, as well as the ability to:
- Observe potential employees first hand;
- Allow internal staff to develop their supervisory skills;
- Complete special projects outside of the scope of existing operations; and
- Give back to the local community while helping students progress in personal and career development.
Internships typically take one of two forms in the workplace. They can be project based, meaning that the student will be brought into a special project with a finite amount of time dedicated to it.
The other shape that internships can take is in ongoing work/operations. In this form, the student will gradually take on some responsibilities as he or she builds an understanding of the job.
The qualities that separate a successful internship from a part-time job are the tasks asked of the intern. A good internship will typically give a student “hands-on” experience in some form, as appropriate anything from assisting a design team to joining an manager for a sales meeting. A part-time job is more defined by clerical tasks completed the majority of the time such as making copies, or answering phones, this is not to say that these tasks are not a part of a good internship just not the majority of it.
In addition, internships can either be completed by students for academic credit or not for credit.
Students of all disciplines benefit from experiential learning and many departments on campus offer credit for these experiences. It is the responsibility of the student to coordinate the necessary information, and documents, to receive academic credit from a school or department.
For information on the different for academic credit options available to students, please see the Student guide on Academic Credit Internships.