Career Center: Attracting the Most Qualified Interns
The more information provided about job duties and responsibilities, competent and regular supervision, learning objectives and outcomes, and the benefits of working for your organization will help to maximize your efforts in recruiting the ideal intern.
Best practices for an internship:
- Include learning objectives that ensure the student is completing meaningful work
- A commitment to the overall learning process of the intern
- An established program, committed resources, and an involved supervisor
- Hands-on professional experience to develop marketable skills and competencies
- A start-to-finish project, ideally resulting in an end product (a report, paper, or presentation)
- Training sessions, attending strategy meetings, job shadowing, developing a professional network of contacts, and other learning opportunities
- Exposure to various departments and/or functions
- An opportunity to be considered for a full-time position upon graduation
Students evaluate internship offerings based on important criteria:
- Is this a paid internship?
- What sort of training and supervision will be provided?
- Will there be short-term or long-term projects, ideally with a deliverable?
- What career-specific skills can I expect to learn from this internship?
- Will this provide me with projects, skills, and team experiences that I can discuss in future interviews?
- Are there any clerical or menial tasks involved? If so, how much time will I be spending on them?