Need to find better job applicants? Internships are a cost-effective way for employers to pre-screen, evaluate, train, recruit, and potentially hire talent! Your participation helps students and faculty understand what’s important in your industry today and what skills are most valued, so we can better teach students to make an immediate contribution to your organization. Additionally, you’ll be promoting an environment that encourages learning and cooperation.
A student can perform many tasks, but the primary purpose of an internship is to provide a beneficial learning environment for that student. To create a strong internship opportunity, ask yourself:
While not mandatory, offering compensation makes your internship a more attractive opportunity. This is especially attractive during summer internships when undergraduate tuition, not covered by financial aid, is charged for credits earned. Compensation should be offered to the intern for parking, transportation costs, and other errands related to work assignments.
Chapman University offers general liability insurance to credit-earning interns only. Please consult with your insurance carrier to make sure interns, paid or unpaid, are covered under your workers’ compensation policy to ensure a safe work environment.
It’s true: Every employer is unique. In order for an internship to be successful, it must serve both the needs of the intern and the priorities of your organization. Customize your internship to accomplish both!
Remember, some interns are new to formal work settings and may not be familiar with policies about conduct, breaks, attendance, and days off. Plan time to familiarize the intern with your organization’s policies right up front. Arrange feedback meetings where progress and ideas can be discussed.
If an intern wants to receive academic credit for their internship, you will be asked to complete a few short registration materials.
Note: A Chapman intern may only receive credit for an internship with the same company for a maximum of two semesters. If employers would like to extend an internship beyond the two semesters, the intern can choose to stay, but they will not earn any additional academic credits.
Internship registration requires all parties involved (the student, the Internship Site Supervisor, a Chapman Internship Faculty Advisor, and our Career and Professional Development) to sign a written agreement defining the intern’s tasks, hours, and expectations. The Internship Site Supervisor is the on-site individual who supervises the intern and assigns projects and work. The selected Faculty Internship Advisor works with the student to establish learning objectives and assignments. Once hired, the intern will provide you with a copy of the signed agreement.
There is no standard length of time for an internship. The required hours for credit-bearing internships varies from a minimum of 20 hours for ½ credit to 120 hours for 3 credits and beyond. About half-way through the internship, Chapman University’s Career and Professional Development Internship Coordinator will email the designated Site Supervisor an Intern Performance Evaluation to complete. Toward the end of the internship, the intern will ask you to review a Chapman Internship Timesheet to confirm hours completed.
Some Human Resources teams may require a letter to verify that the student has the ability to register or has already completed registration. If this is applicable for your organization, the student can request this letter from Chapman's office of Career and Professional Development.
To get off to a good start, the work agreement, including the number of work hours, should be reviewed at the beginning of service. Here are some recommendations:
Meet Heidi Swanson, Chapman's Career and Professional Development Internship Coordinator. In addition to assisting students with their academic registration processes, she is also here to support employers with building new and enhancing existing internship programs.
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Orange, CA 92866