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Hosting an Academic Internship
The Department of Communication and Hope College rely on the organization and the Site Supervisor accepting an intern to aid in the education and professional development of the student. Below are some typical concerns for developing an internship position in your organization, site supervisor expectations, and steps to recruit a Hope College Department of Communication student for an academic internship.
site organization expectations
Organizations should also consider what they are seeking by hosting an internship. If seeking to set up an internship program, your organization may need to consider the following:
set goals: What is your organization seeking from the position or program? – additional help on a project, a motivated new employee, the opportunity to provide an interesting and rewarding experience, personnel with management potential, fresh new ideas?
write a plan: Based on your goals for the internship position or program, set up a plan for meeting those goals. Your organization’s approach will depend on your specific resources and needs, and may include your expectations for the student intern’s “end product”, where and with whom the student intern will work, how to acclimate the student intern to your organization, etc.
select a site supervisor: A very important part of your plan should be the assignment of a Site Supervisor — that is, someone from the intern’s department who will be in charge of the intern. This person should be selected because he or she likes to teach or train, has the resources to do it, and is a professional in the field in which the student is studying.
articulate intern responsibilities: It is vital to have an accurate description of the student intern’s responsibilities to your organization in order to recruit a student intern and to evaluate the intern during the internship. This description, based upon your goals and plan, will be incorporated into the required internship agreement. Site supervisors and interns are responsible for completing the internship agreement and must submit it to the Internship Director before the internship can be approved for credit. While developing the internship responsibilities, please keep in mind that while the Department of Communication understands certain professions require a reasonable amount of clerical work (i.e., photocopying, faxing, stuffing envelopes), these tasks should not represent the bulk of the student’s internship responsibilities. Ideally, the internship Site Supervisor should be involved in describing the internship job responsibilities, and should act as the primary contact for the organization during recruitment (the Site Supervisor should be listed on all recruitment materials).
evaluating: The Site Supervisor also is responsible for evaluating the student intern’s performance. Such evaluations include:
These three evaluations are required for academic credit. The organization and Site Supervisor, however, are not limited to these forms of evaluating the student intern. More information is provided in the department’s site supervisor handbook.
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recruiting a student intern
Students begin registering for fall and summer academic credits in mid-March and for spring semester academic credits in mid-October. Students need to apply and be approved for academic internship credits prior to registering for those credits, therefore students start looking for internships prior to the registration period. It is encouraged that your organization take advantage of this timing since well-prepared students and organizations are typically paired up quickly before and during registration. Exact academic calendars can be found at the Hope College Registrar’s website.
Hope College student interns through Career Services:
Once you have articulated the responsibilities of the student intern,
College Career Development Center provides resources for
posting positions, setting up on-campus recruitment opportunities, interviewing,
interns. Using these services ensures that your internship position is
made available to all Hope College communication students thus increasing
your pool of potential student interns. The Department of Communication
works cooperatively with the Career Development Center in the recruitment
process; as such, all position descriptions should be posted with the
Career Development Center.
Be sure to review the Career Development Center guidelines for
posting positions, on-campus recruiting (if desired), interviewing, and
may choose to use the Career Development Center to post non-academic
internships; however, these opportunities will not be listed as “academic
Career Development Center