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