The Gonzaga University School of Business Internship program is a free service provided for the benefit of students, who must receive experiential academic credits in order to obtain a Bachelor's in Business Administration degree, and for the benefit of employers in the community as well.
Characteristics of the academic, for credit internship:
A 3-way arrangement-set up by the student-between employer, university, and student
A stated, specific number of hours of work will be completed by the student
The student shall submit a report at the culmination of the internship, and student *and* employer shall both submit separate, confidential evaluations
Requirements of the academic, for credit internship:
Internship must be clearly defined in structure and who the student's supervisor will be
An internship learning plan should be defined
Time frame and planned training objectives must be defined
How do I get started?
Read through the Program Information on this page Develop an internship plan with stated objectives Submit the Employer Internship Proposal Form Reach out to available interns, or wait to be contacted by students
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of an internship (on behalf of employer)?
- Internships offer an effective way for companies to locate and train motivated students to fill immediate needs, as well as create a pipeline of talent for a future work force.
- Employers can seamlessly convert student interns to full-time employees who can be immediately productive. Cost-per-hire is significantly decreased.
- Companies are able to assess each student's "fit" with their organization and receive a preview of the student's ability.
- Companies enhance recruitment and retention outcomes, hence, improve the bottom line.
- Interns bring new and innovative ideas to an employer.
- Interns are great ways to promote your company on campus.
- Students tend to be energetic about their work.
- Intern programs can help develop a strong bond with the University community.
What are the benefits of an internship (on behalf of the student)?
- Gain confidence in abilities
- Apply schooling to work
- Determine what industry/job is the right fit
- Earn money
- Receive academic credit
- Increases attractiveness as a job candidate
- Make invaluable contacts
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
- Employers need to develop positions that pertain to the student's field of study. See the list of majors offered at Gonzaga University.
- The internship should use and expand on the student's educational background.
- Employers are responsible for supervising students. Regular meetings should be set up between the student and an on-site supervisor.
- The organization should have a person (Internship/Co-op Coordinator) who can answer questions that the University, or a student, may have about the position.
- The organization needs to provide a supervisor who will be able to assist the student(s) with questions and concerns.
- The student should be included in meetings and other activities required by employees in the same department.
- Employers should provide an evaluation of the student's progress regularly and at the end of the internship.
- Employers should notify the faculty coordinator of any changes in employment (i.e. job description change, time commitment change, etc.)
What are the attributes of a quality internship?
- The job assignment, and intern candidate chose, should be reflective of the student's field of interest and level of study.
- Internships and co-ops should be challenging. They should allow for the utilization of problem solving skills, time management skills, and organizational skills.
- A progressive increase in responsibility should accompany a student's demonstrated ability.
Should I offer a paid or unpaid Internship?
Typically, employers will experience a greater response to an internship posting that lists a level of monetary compensation. Interns are typically compensated in one of the following ways
- Hourly rate of pay at or above minimum wage (for state minimum wage requirements click here)
- Project stipend
- Monthly stipend