How Does it Work?
As a sponsoring organization, you can offer substantive work experiences that support students' academic and career goals. If you do not yet have an established internship program, or you would like to consider ways to improve your current one, access the helpful manual
Next, you should complete a Position Description Form online. The form includes, among other items, the majors you are looking for, work responsibilities, and the times of the year the internship is available.
Our staff then makes every effort to locate and refer students for your consideration whose interests, preparation and capabilities meet the requirements and qualifications needed for the position you are offering. You then have the opportunity to interview and screen the candidate(s). Once you select a student(s), we work cooperatively with you to support their work performance and learning experience.
Note: Due to the elective nature of the program (internships are not mandatory), the Internship Center cannot guarantee students for any particular semester.
What are the Details?
- Internships must be a minimum of 12-15 weeks in length and total anywhere from 10-40 hours per week.
- Internships should run concurrent with academic semesters as follows: Fall (Sept.-Dec.) Spring (Jan./Feb-Apr.) Summer (May-Aug.).
- Timeline - Your recruiting of students, by posting new positions or emailing reminders to the Internship Center - InternCtr@messiah.edu, should begin about three months prior to the beginning of the internship opportunity.
- Internships are centrally coordinated through the Internship Center, not individual departments of the college.
- Students earn academic credit (4-12 credits during the Fall and Spring semesters; 4-10 in the Summer) for internship arrangements.
- An Internship Class and academic assignments must be completed concurrently with the work experience.
- Compensation is not regulated by the college; however, with the financial demands placed on today's students, many are looking for some form of remuneration.
What Must I Do to Get Started?
- Submit a Position Description Form online, or print the pdf file and fax it in, or send an email with all the requested information.
- If you are a new or first-time site sponsor, we may request a consultation at your worksite with one of our professional staff.
- Acceptable internships will be publicized on campus to students and departmental faculty.
- Internship staff will either send resumes or refer eligible students directly to you. You decide whom to interview and accept.
I Have An Intern Starting Soon. What Do I Need To Know?
The internship is a letter-graded academic experience. The employer evaluation, which you will submit towards the conclusion of it, accounts for 20% of the student's grade. Academic assignments and class participation, which they must complete as they progress through their internship, account for 80% of their grade.
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