Info about Internships
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 connection to future employees
Characteristics of an Internship
- The internship, first and foremost, is experiential learning. Internships help apply academic preparation in a major to specific work experience.
- Duration is anywhere from a month to two years, but typically is a semester long.
- Can be part-time or full-time and can be paid or unpaid. See the information about unpaid internships on the Department of Labor’s website.
- Learning activities common to most internship’s include learning objective and goals, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment.
- Promotes academic, career, and personal development.
- Internships can be part of an education program that is carefully monitored for academic credit or internships can be part of a learning plan that is developed individually.
Designing your Program: Questions to Ask
- 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 supervise and train an intern?
- How will you demonstrate a strong commitment to their goals and learning outcomes?
- What kind of training will you provide the intern?
- How many hours a week will you expect the intern to be onsite?
Defining the Position
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 to have to learn best at your site?
- Site Supervisor: Who will serve as your site supervisor for your intern?
- Application Materials: What application materials do you want to collect?
- To support you in setting up the internship structure, review employer resources.
Create a Position 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 web portal to post your position.
- Go to HireABear
- Click on "Click Here To Register"
- Complete the profile information
- 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.
Onboarding TipsWelcome Aboard
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. If you expect your intern to stuff envelopes, answer phones, make copies, and/or run errands, communicate it to them. Setting clear expectations will give both you and your intern the best experience possible.
Don’t forget that your intern will need a workspace in order to complete their daily work assignments. 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. By taking a few minutes to explain your expectations for the project, your intern will soon be able to work independently to produce quality work.
Making a Contribution
Your new intern wants to work and learn. Although you may find attending staff meetings boring, your intern will relish the opportunity to learn firsthand. Providing opportunities for your intern to observe and gain hands-on-experience will teach them about the organization and industry. Because your intern is a student, he or she may not have the business or professional skills that you are accustomed too. 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.