Establishing Your Internship
Benefits of having a Baylor intern are numerous:
- Mentor a person new to your field
- Gain innovative ideas from the fresh perspective of an intern
- Cost-effective way to obtain quality work
Characteristics of an Internship
- The internship, first and foremost, is experiential learning. Internships help apply academic knowledge to specific work experience.
- Duration is typically 10 weeks to a semester long. It can go longer depending on the needs of your company.
- Can be part-time or full-time (paid).
- Most internships include objectives and goals, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment.
- Promotes academic, career, and personal development.
Designing your Program: Questions to AskFoundation
- What skills and experience will a student intern gain from working with you and your company?
- Do you or someone in your department have time to mentor an intern?
- Does your company have project-based needs?
As you think about the structure and foundation of your new internship program, use these questions to help form your internship program even further:
- Academic Credit: Would you like the intern to earn academic credit?
- Pay/Stipend: Will you pay your intern or offer a stipend? See the information about unpaid internships on the Department of Labor’s website.
- Academic Majors: What academic majors or areas of study would be a good fit for your internship?
- Qualifications: What qualifications, skills, and previous experience does an intern need?
- Site Supervisor: Who will serve as your site supervisor for your intern? If not the site supervisor, who?
- Application Materials: What application materials do you want to collect?
- To support you in setting up the internship structure, review employer resources.
Create a Job Description
Now that you have answered all of the tough questions, it’s time to write the position description for your internship position. You can find an example of a position description here along with a template to assist you in organizing yours.
Post your Internship Position
Once you’ve written your position description you can use the HireABear (powered by Handshake) web portal to post your position.
- Go to Handshake, and register for an employer account.
- Once you have completed the profile information you can then post a job. If you need help setting up your account or have questions regarding the process please contact Christie Walker at 254-710-8662.
The first day on the job will set the tone for the rest of the internship. Providing a warm welcoming for your intern will help ease them into the office environment and make them feel like a part of the team.
Set Up for Success
Make your expectations known from the beginning. Setting clear expectations will give both you and your intern the best experience possible.
If you want a job done correctly, providing the necessary tools will help ensure success. When assigning projects remember that even though an assignment may sound simple and straight forward to you, your intern is still learning and may need extra guidance.
Making a Contribution
Your new intern wants to work and learn. Providing opportunities for your intern to observe and gain hands-on-experience will teach them about the organization and industry. If your intern makes a mistake speak with them one-on-one about how the situation could have been handled so that in the future they will know what is an appropriate response.