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What Is an Internship?


An internship is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. Internship circumstances vary widely. Common characteristics include the following:

  • Typical durations of six weeks to nine months
  • Part-time or full-time commitments (after graduation)
  • Paid or unpaid opportunities
  • Connection to an education program with academic credit, or not connected to earning credit


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Types of Internship Programs


Internship — a one-time, curriculum-related work assignment that may be paid or unpaid, depending on the employer and what is required of the student for the position. Most internships offer a stipend.

Summer employment — paid work experience; however, this type of position may or may not be directly related to the student's curriculum and may or may not be integrated into the academic program.


Importance of Internship Programs


Benefits of an internship program for employers include the following:

  • The program offers an inexpensive recruiting tool and an opportunity to train future employees.
  • The opportunity to evaluate prospective employees while they are working for the organization can reduce significant costs in finding new talent.
  • Interns bring current technology and ideas from the classroom to the workplace and therefore increase an organization's intellectual capital.
  • Interns can be another source for the recruitment of diverse employees into your workforce.
  • An internship program can supply an easily accessible source of highly motivated pre-professionals.
  • Interns provide an opportunity for mid-level staff to manage.
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  What level of compensation is typical for an internship?

An hourly wage can vary depending upon experience; typically, the hourly wage for an intern ranges from $8.00 to $20.00 per hour. If you are unable to budget an hourly wage, consider offering a stipend to the student.

  Do interns work a 40-hour work week? Do they typically work five days a week?

Internships are flexible. Students often plan their internship schedule around their schedule. A part-time internship can involve anywhere between 10 and 30 hours per week. Once you identify an intern candidate, you will need to discuss his or her availability and agree on a schedule that will work for both parties. 

  When do internships typically begin? How long do they last?

Internships are generally between six weeks and nine months and can begin in summer, fall, or spring.

  I like my intern and would like to extend the internship — how do I go about this?

This is at your discretion. You may continue an internship and/or extend an offer of future full-time employment once the internship has been completed. 

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