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Internships are monitored experiences for students to develop and expand their knowledge and skills, gain experience in a work setting, put theory into practice, and expand awareness of potential careers.
Internships can be paid or unpaid, and students can choose whether or not to pursue academic credit to supplement the experience. Academic credit, when possible, requires additional participation on your part as determined by the supervising faculty member in a related academic discipline. Regardless of academic credit, organizations offering unpaid internships should be mindful of characteristics outlined by the US Department of Labor, especially when offered by a for-profit entity.
Providing interns with real work is number one to ensuring a successful intern partnership. That means interns should be doing work related to their major, that is challenging, and that is recognized as valuable to the organization and students.
The Advising and Career Center follows guidelines established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to offer you assistance in developing new internships, reviewing best practices to structuring an internship program, and assessing wages.
When creating an internship, it is important that the intern has gudiance and is supervised by someone with expertise in the field. If you are unsure about the career relevance, it may be best to involve a member of the faculty in aligning a new internship with Parkside curriculum, and we can facilitate an introduction to academic departments.
Internships must be clearly defined, and that means starting with a position description. It is important to note that Parkside students are often in high demand and organizations may need to be competive to attract top talent. Use your position description to stand out.
If you have already developed an internship, students use RangerTrak to explore and pursue opportunities. The Advising and Career Center offers employer resources to market your positions to students.
Not all organizational needs can be addressed by interns. Providing relevant experience can come in many forms in addition to internships. You'll find that there are many ways to connect.