Creating a Quality Internship
Elements of a strong internship program should include:
- Provide compensation or credit: If you are deciding between paid and unpaid internships, it is important to know if the US Labor Standards Act applies to your organization.
- Communicate expectations: Identify specific goals and objectives for the intern to accomplish. Provide structure for an intern with a balance between “big” projects and daily tasks.
- Provide mentorship, coaching, and teaching: Assign a supervisor who will familiarize him or herself with the organization, communicate clearly, and provide assignments.
- Assign challenging, meaningful work: Provide learning opportunities for an intern to use analytical skills and reflection to apply new ideas gained from experience to their classroom learning.
- Involve interns in networking and professional development opportunities: Encourage interns to be part of the team, participating in team-building or social activities. Provide networking opportunities for interns to interact with other staff and interns.
- Provide housing, meals, or transportation, if possible.
For questions on internships, please contact Neal Burns, Program Director, Employer Connections at firstname.lastname@example.org.