What is an internship and why would a student and employer want to engage in an internship? Please take some time to review what our internship program is all about, what the benefits of an internship are to both the student and employer, and what our internship guidelines are. Also, please take the time to review our Internship Handbook for Employers which will provide guidance to your having a successful internship with our students.
Post University Internship Program
Post University’s Internship program is intended to be a win-win opportunity for both our students and the companies that hire them. Our students are engaged in courses of study focused on preparing them for careers in their major so they not only will contribute to your organization, but will gain valuable work experience. We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this program.
Some guidelines for ensuring the internship is a mutually beneficial experience:
- An Internship assignment must provide a learning experience in an area that complements the student’s major field of study. The student should be regarded as a regular employee with respect to conditions of work. Pay should be commensurate with the assigned responsibilities. The Internship student is not eligible for unemployment benefits. Unpaid internships are accepted; however, the amount of students applying generally decreases. Most of our students have to work and an unpaid, part-time position may not be realistic for many. The US Department of Labor guidelines in determining whether an internship is to be paid or unpaid can be reviewed at http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf
- The employer should provide job training and supervision. The student should have an orientation to company rules and expectations. Routine feedback by an experienced supervisor should be provided on a regular basis.
- The position must be budgeted to last the duration of the assignment, which is 120 hours for a three credit internship, approximately 15-20 hours a week. The student’s class schedule needs to be taken into consideration when determining the internship work schedule. It can extend beyond the required hours at the employer’s discretion and agreement with the student.
- The coordinator of the program or faculty member should be permitted to conduct a site visit, if requested, at your convenience.
- If a student’s performance is unsatisfactory, the employer should contact the Career Services office at email@example.com in an attempt to resolve any problems before termination is considered. Career Services and the student’s internship faculty will work with the employer to come to a satisfactory conclusion for all.
- The host employer should supply the resources, equipment, and facilities that support the internship assignment.
- Students deemed qualified to fill the posted position are referred to you under the provision that you, as the employer, make the hiring decision. In no way does Post University act as an agent of its students or take responsibility for their actions or consequences of those actions while employed through the Internship program.