Starting an internship program at Clark University offers your company a year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals who bring new perspectives to old problems. Some other benefits include:
- A flexible, cost-effective work force who become quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
- A way to evaluate and recruit potential part- or full-time employees
- Increased visibility on Clark’s campus and enhancement to your organization’s image through its contributions to the educational enterprise
Overview of internship participants
- Approximately 40 to 50 students participate in internships each semester of that:
- 5 percent are international students
- The majority are in their sophomore or junior year
- Most fall into the following majors: Psychology; Media, Culture & the Arts; Political Science; International Development and Social Change, Biochemistry; English and Management.
- International Development & Social Change majors are required to earn one unit of academic credit through an internship
- 90 percent of fall and spring internships take place in Worcester
How does an employer start an internship at Clark?
- Create a description on the Clark Recruiter, our online job and internship database, or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students will access your description and apply directly to your program though the Clark Recruiter. Employers are responsible for hiring their own interns.
- Help the student fulfill credit obligations, if necessary.
If your intern chooses to pursue academic credit, you’ll have a few guidelines and responsibilities to follow and fulfill. If your student doesn’t pursue credit, all terms and conditions are strictly between the employer and intern.
Your responsibilities for an academic internship
For employers to sponsor an internship for academic credit, the position must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be in a business-zoned area
- Include a minimum of 180 hours completed over a semester or summer (12 hours/week)
- Include progressively responsible tasks no more than 25% clerical in nature
- Provide supervision from an industry professional who is accessible and onsite a majority of the hours
Resources for setting up a successful internship program
The following organizations offer assistance in establishing an internship program at your business or organization:
Cooperative Education and Internship Association
800-824-0449 or www.ceiainc.org
National Association of Colleges and Employers
800-544-5272 or www.naceweb.org
National Society for Experiential Education
800-803-4170 or www.nsee.org