An Employer's Guide to a Successful Internship
- The internship must be in the student's field of study.
- A source of highly motivated, exceptionally qualified pre-professionals for part-time or seasonal needs.
- An effective way to benefit your organization and community by giving direct input into educational training programs.
- Freedom for professional staff to pursue important tasks or creative projects.
- An opportunity for current employees to gain supervisory skills.
- A proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees before making hiring decisions.
- Students bring new perspectives to old problems.
- Your image in the community is enhanced as you contribute your expertise to the educational enterprise.
Elements for a Successful Internship
- Provide a workspace for your intern.
- Assign a supervisor that is experienced in the student's field of study to professionally guide and mentor the student intern with the projects, duties or services required by the internship site.
- Provide appropriate work. Interns benefit from 'real work'. The work experience provides opportunities for new learning and skill development. This work is not to take the place of a paid employee.
- Provide constructive feedback. Feedback should be specific and reference tangible skills.
- Frequent feedback gives interns the opportunity to make positive adjustments to their skills.
Edmonds Community College Requirements
- Assign a supervisor that can professionally guide and mentor the student intern with the projects, duties or services required by the internship site.
- Employer reviews and signs the Responsibilities Agreement between student, site and the college.
- Review and sign the student's Learning Objectives.
- Complete the student intern's Mid-Term and Final Performance Evaluations.
- Sign time sheets.
- Be available for a site visit, call or email from a college representative.
"My internship experience was invaluable to my success. It gave me the hands on, real world experience, and confidence in my field of study."
- Edmonds CC Student