Students, please note that internship opportunities are posted by the employers and are not necessarily approved for WJU internship/field work hours. Please contact your internship professor to verify its approval.
What is an Internship?
An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives.
Starting an Internship:
Below are a few simple steps to assist you in creating a quality internship program at your business.
Create a job description. Students should be involved in academic or career-related work with limited clerical duties. In your job description, clearly define the role of the intern, including specific examples of job responsibilities with a clear definition of the department in which he/she will be working.
Identify the qualifications the student must possess. Sophomore through senior students are eligible to participate in an internship, depending upon your organization’s needs. You can request that a student have a strong interest in your field or require related coursework or skills.
Develop a training plan. Provide students with an orientation and training about their responsibilities. You can elevate their responsibilities and assignment duties as their skills develop.
Decide who will supervise and mentor. A professional staff member, not another student, should provide training and general orientation to the intern. A mentor, who may or may not be the supervisor, can provide assistance with the intern’s professional development.
Determine the time commitment. Internships vary from 4 to 40 hours per week and can range from 10 weeks to 12 months. The minimum time commitment, for an internship to be eligible for academic credit or transcript notation, requires a minimum of 100 hours in a semester (varies by program major).
Establish the salary. Some internships are paid and others are not. Paid intern’s salaries are based on their work responsibilities and vary between industries. Some organizations provide benefits and some do not, however all organizations must provide worker’s compensation to paid interns and possess general liability coverage. Unpaid interns will be covered under a student accident insurance policy with WJU. The US Department of Labor has established clear guidelines to support an unpaid internship. Please visit Dept of Labor FSLA to view this information. (link below)
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Provide evaluation and feedback.The supervisor should meet regularly with the intern, to guide and develop their learning objectives and give feedback for constructive growth. The supervisor will receive support from the Career Services Office at WJU, as well as from the professor that oversees the internship course.
Thank you for your interest in connecting with WJU students and alumni to support your human resource needs. When using this job board, please keep the following in mind:
1) Address required - we strive to support our students with safe access to local jobs. Your information is available only to WJU students and alumni. No employers will be allowed to post job opportunities without providing their full address.
2) Internships - some internships are paid and others are not. There are clear Dept. of Labor guidelines for unpaid internships. This information can be found at the link below. Additionally, WJU affirms the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) position statement to determine what qualifies as an internship. http://www.naceweb.org/advocacy/position-statements/united-states-internships.aspx
Please call 916.577.1815 with questions.
About Our Services
Our online Employer Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You must register your organization with our office prior to accessing these services. Once your registration is reviewed, if it is approved you will receive an email which includes your Access ID and Password and defines your Access Level.
If approved, depending on your access level, you will be able to use some or all of the services listed below:
- Job Posting
Post jobs targeted to William Jessup University students, alumni.
- Résumé Search
Search résumés of our students, alumni.
- Portfolio Search
Search career portfolios that have been prepared by our students, alumni.
- The Office of Career & Life Planning at WJU invites you to participate in the following:
- Career Mentoring
- Networking and Hiring events
- Mock Interviews
- HIRE JESSUP students and alumni for your human resource needs