How to Set Up An Internship Program on Your Campus

How to Set Up an Internship Program on Your Campus


An internship can be a life changing experience for students. This book will help you provide your students with specialized training for academic credit.

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“This book contains everything you need to set up an internship program for academic credit at your school”

Internships are becoming an integral part of many academic programs. They benefit students, employers and colleges. Internships make it possible for students to get higher job offers, professional experience, and earn higher starting salaries. Employers benefit by finding future employees that they can personally train; they gain access to fresh ideas and enthusiastic workers and lower costs. Universities benefit by being able to attract mature students who value the internship experience.

If your campus is interested in setting up a model internship program, then you should use this book to guide your efforts.

What you’ll find in this Book:

Guidelines to make sure you attract the right Employers• Sample Internship application forms that will help you administer the program• Model Internship agreements that protect all parties • An internship course syllabus that allows you to offer the program for credit• A handy checklist to ensure that your program covers all of the bases• Time tracking sheets to help students track their internship work hours• Evaluation forms for employers to assess their interns’ performance• Proven ways for students to obtain internships. Guidelines for admitting students into the Internship program. A wide range of Internship resources including links to model programs• And much, much more!

Here are more ways that students and colleges benefit

Students reap many benefits from an internship such as participating in a rich learning experience, connecting theory with practice, greater likelihood of getting job offers, getting a higher monetary compensation than those who haven’t done internships, and greater job satisfaction. Students also report better personal and communication skills after having participated in internship programs.

Internships allow colleges to gain greater roots in the community and create networks among a wide range of businesses and organizations. Internships also allow colleges to gauge how closely the curriculum meets the needs of employers in the workplace, thereby providing feedback to the faculty for improvement in curriculum and instruction.

Internships therefore, are becoming increasingly vital to most disciplines. Typically internships are either voluntary, paid, offered for credit or some combination. This booklet describes how to set up an internship program that offers academic credit although it can also be used for voluntary or paid internships. To ensure that the students get the most out of the experience, it is important to tailor the process to closely match the goals and objectives of your academic program. This booklet will help you do that.

Objectives are provided to organize your Internship Program

It’s important to establish clear objectives as you structure your program. Here are some recommended objectives from the book that will help you manage your program.

The intern will:

  • Gain relevant work experience.
  • Bridge classroom theory with professional practice.
  • Analyze career objectives and potential for upward mobility.
  • Employ journaling and written reports as analytical tools.
  • Begin building an interpersonal job network and developing professional contacts.
  • Analyze job situations, business strategies, and personal professional skills.
  • Accelerate personal and professional growth.
  • Establish performance references and gain job search skills.
  • Earn college credit hours.

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A Model Internship Sponsor Agreement form is included

The book recommends having a formal agreement with the Internship Sponsor/Employer that clearly spells out what the Sponsor is responsible for. This helps ensure a high quality experience for the intern. Here are the types of tasks, services, and skills the Internship Sponsor should agree to:

  • Provide a professional workplace or environment.
  • Mentor the student.
  • File mid-term and final performance evaluations.
  • Offer a variety of tasks within the discipline.
  • Provide a job description and identify the supervision they plan to provide for the intern.
  • Refrain from asking students to promote the sponsor’s products on campus.
  • Not replace any position that is normally performed by a paid staff member. The internship position should be specifically designed for the student intern.
  • Students should not be required to bring their own equipment such as laptops, cameras, or other electronic equipment to work. If needed, this equipment should be provided to them.
  • Tailor the internship work directly to the student’s field of study and academic goals. Any task required of students should enhance their knowledge as it directly pertains to their major or chosen area of study.
  • Have their site supervisor or mentor meet regularly with the student and provide feedback on a consistent basis for mutual benefit of the sponsor and the student intern.
  • Meet academic deadlines and be prepared to furnish reports or evaluations in a timely fashion.
  • Contact the faculty coordinator immediately in case of any issues or concerns.

Examples of Intern Sponsor agreements from campuses around the country are included in the handbook. We’re confident one of these agreements will be a good fit for your institution.

9-questions all prospective Internship Employers must answer

The decision to approve an internship placement site should rest in part on how a prospective sponsor answers 9-key questions listed on page 11 of the book. Colleges need not limit themselves to these questions, but at a minimum these questions provide enough information for campuses to make sound decisions on whether to approve the internship site or not.

Everything you need to offer the Internship for credit is provided

A complete course syllabus for an internship program allowing students to earn academic credit is included and can be used immediately to support your program. The syllabus includes learning objectives that strengthen your program’s academic goals.

For example:

At the end of the Internship, the student should have:

  • Acquired on-the-job experience in the occupation of his/her choice.
  • Acquired experience in a business environment with equipment, software, and procedures that cannot be provided in the classroom.
  • Developed professional behavior such as neatness, politeness, courtesy, attention to detail, accuracy, and concern for colleagues and clientele.
  • Analyzed the sponsor’s business strategy and its connection to internship duties.
  • Identified and analyzed ethical concerns in the workplace and related professions.
  • Developed job-searching skills (e.g. resume writing, interviewing, networking, etc.).
  • Analyzed his/her preparedness for the internship from class instruction.
  • Analyzed the workplace, work experience, and course content through journaling, reports, and formal presentations.
  • Analyzed his/her career aspirations and possibilities for career advancement with the employer and others in the chosen field.
  • Adapted successfully to the workplace.

Further, the syllabus includes work requirements, in-class assignments, site visit expectations and grading requirements-everything you need to teach the internship course and monitor students at their internship sites.

If students are taking the internship for a grade the book recommends that one of their final projects be a written Summary of their Internship Experience. This paper not only documents the skills and knowledge they acquired, it can be used to improve the internship program and can be read by future students who may be interested in an internship at the company or organization described in their paper.

Remember-an internship can be a life changing experience for students. This book will help you provide your students with career exploring opportunities.

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