Employer Seeking Intern
Internships give university students a valuable opportunity to expand on knowledge acquired in the classroom and employers a chance to identify and groom future employees. A little planning and a good bit of supervision can result in a profitable experience for both the employer and the student.
Interns must work in professional settings under the direction of industry professionals. One of the purposes of an internship is to give a student experience in a professional work environment. Therefore, telecommuting or online internships are accepted only for second-time interns.
How to Set Up an Internship
Determine what job you want an intern to fill
- Internships should provide valuable work experience for students.
- The work should go beyond minor clerical work or errand running.
- The idea is to prepare students for their first jobs in the field.
Establish a pay rate
- There are far more requests for interns than qualified students to fill them.
- Offering an hourly wage will make your position more competitive
Appoint an internship coordinator within your organization.
- The student needs a mentor to teach how to perform the required work and supervise the performance.
- This person also will oversee record keeping of hours worked and evaluate the student’s performance.
Contact the school’s internship coordinator.
- You and the journalism school representative will discuss criteria for the internship, what the requirements will be, and how the students will be evaluated.
Use social media to advertise position.
- Provide the Greenspun School internship coordinator with a brief (fewer than 200 words) description of the internship being offered.
- This description will be posted on the school’s social media outlets.
- You may also want to register and list your position on the UNLV Career Services website.
Accept applications and interview potential employees.
- The interview is an important part of the learning process.
- Make sure the student you hire has the personal and professional qualifications needed for the position.
- Please do not assume that any UNLV student who applies is qualified. We do not recruit or prescreen students for your position.
Evaluate the student
- At the end of the semester, you will receive an evaluation form.
- Please provide an honest and complete evaluation of your intern’s work performance. It is the most important part of the process. A verbal evaluation with the student would also be valuable.
Attend final presentation
- The student will be required to make a presentation before faculty and fellow students on the internship.
- We would be honored to have someone from your organization attend that presentation.