To ensure both student and employer get the most of the internship experience we have found the following guidelines are helpful in establishing a successful internship:
- The internship experience is an extension of the classroom and should help students build skills that will help them towards their professional goals. Although we understand some work will be administrative, interns should not spend most of their internship fulfilling gopher duties.
- Learning objectives, responsibilities and expectations for students should be discussed on the first day of the internship (these include the nature of the internship, supervisory arrangements, start and end date, compensation (if any), and work schedules).
- The intern should be assigned a mentor/supervisor who will be responsible for monitoring the progress of the intern, sharing feedback about work performance, provide training or be available to answer questions and is willing to complete an evaluation at the end of the internship (which will be sent by the Magner Career Center in January, end of June or September).
- Introduce your intern to co-workers and other important contacts within your organization. and familiarize them with company rules, policies, expectations and resources early on.
- Encourage your intern to ask questions to clarify job responsibilities.
- Include your intern in staff meetings and related professional activities when possible.
- Employers must fully comply with applicable federal, state and local laws relating to workplace safety and to discrimination in the workplace and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, marital status, religion, age, disability, and veteran status. This commitment includes equal opportunity and non discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the workplace. The internship site should notify the Natalia Guarin-Klein, Associate Director of Internships and Alumni Programs (718.951.5696) immediately if the student has notified them of any issues that need to be investigated.
- Adhere to NACE’s Standards of Professional Conduct for Employers.