What is an internship?The NDSU Career and Advising Center defines internships as career-related, paid (or unpaid) work experiences taken for academic credit. Employers hire internship students to achieve company goals by providing work opportunities to students who apply current skills to the position that is offered.
What are the benefits of hosting an internship student?
Hosting an internship student is a solid recruiting investment. Many of the employers who hire NDSU students for internship experiences consider offering them full-time employment when they graduate.
• Internship students can work on short-term or specialized projects and free your current staff for other responsibilities.
• Employers often say that internship students bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to their team. Students also give you a link to the current curricula and advances in your field or industry.
• Employers can increase workforce diversity by utilizing the Interns.
• Current employees are allowed to build supervisory skills.
• Participating in the internship program can increase visibility for your organization, products, and services on the NDSU campus. Employers also create a pipeline for additional candidates and increase retention rate through returning students.
• Students are provided with real-world experience, creating a smooth transition to full-time employment.
What are the expectations of an Internship Employer
Employers agree to:
• Pay the student a wage that meets or exceeds North Dakota minimum wage OR agrees to abide by the FLSA’s “Primary Beneficiary” test for unpaid internships.
• Accept qualified students and assign jobs without regard to age, race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or color.
• Notify the Career and Advising Center of any performance issues and/or concerns.
• Employ the student in a position that provides career-related work experience, while supervising and evaluating his/her work performance.
• Employ the student under the same working conditions and rules that govern other employees, including worker’s compensation.
• Notify the Career and Advising Center when the student is hired for an internship assignment that was posted on CAREERLINK or the applicant was accessed through Career and Advising Center resources (such as career fairs).
What kind of jobs are appropriate Internships?• Managerial, professional or technical jobs are applicable to internships.
• We expect students to be treated as pre-professionals, utilizing the skills they are learning in the classroom on internship assignments.
When can a student work on an Internship?• Parallel: Students work part-time with a local employer and still take classes at NDSU.
• Alternating: Students alternate between attending classes on campus full-time for a semester and working full-time on an internship assignment for a semester.
• One Semester: Students work on an internship assignment for one semester only.
• Consecutive: Students work 2 or 3 semesters in a row. Internship assignments may be completed during any semester. Summer semester is a very popular time to do an internship.
What if we don’t have a formal internship program?• Many employers do not have a formal or on-going Internship program; rather, they hire one student for one work assignment.
• If you are reviewing the option of beginning an Internship program, it may be advisable to start by employing one student to determine the level of mentoring needed to make it a successful experience.If you’d like more information about starting an internship program, please contact Alli Goossens, Assistant Director of the Internship Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.231.7112
How do we get started?• It is very simple to become an internship employer.
• Develop a job description that details what the intern will be doing in your organization.
• Determine the salary that will be offered. Contact the Internship Program Specialist to discuss salary averages.
• Log on to CAREERLINK to post the position or call (701).231.7111 to begin the hiring process.
How do we make our internship attractive?• Write a detailed job description so students have an understanding of the position they are applying to.
• Pay for the academic credits associated with the experience.
• Because NDSU students earn credit for internships, they are responsible for the cost of those credits. One of the strongest recruiting tools an employer has is to pay the cost of the internship credits in order to compete for the most sought after students. A number of internship employers make the investment in NDSU students by paying the cost of the credits students earn from the internship.
• Make sure the salary you are considering is competitive with the prevailing market. Contact the Internship Program Specialist to discuss internship salary averages.
• Increase visibility on campus through informational meetings and attendance at recruiting events sponsored by NDSU.
• Consider taking a more liberal view of application requirements. While company application, cover letter, high GPA, transcript, year in school, and academic major can help you in the screening process, requiring all of these things may serve as a barrier to some qualified students who may not apply. The less you restrict application standards, the wider the pool of applicants.
• Some employers offer benefits beyond salary that may include:
Housing: Assistance in finding housing, a housing allowance, or furnished housing for remote assignments.
Perks: Company outings, conference attendance, company apparel or swag, or access to amenities that are offered to full-time employees.
Training/Certifications: Some employers also provide opportunities for interns to complete official trainings or certifications specific to their industry which are paid for by the employer.
How do we post an internship?Steps to Create and Access your Employer Account:
• Go to our CAREERLINK login page
• Click the green “Employer Sign Up” button (*all users must “sign up” the first time they use the system)
• Fill in your contact information
• Select a password and click “Create Account”From there, you will arrive at the Welcome Page
You can begin posting positions as soon as you make it to the Welcome Page, but please note that you will not be able to edit any job posting until your contact information has been approved by our internal staff.
When are staff available?• Staff are available from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer office hours are 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.
• Call (701).231.7111 to discuss your needs with a staff member.
I’ve hired a student, now what happens?
Once a student has accepted an offer, they have the choice to register their internship for credit. The student will fill out an online application form with the NDSU Career and Advising Center’s Internship Program.
Employers will receive an email from the Internship Program Team with a link to approve/reject internship registration. Simply follow the directions in the email to complete this process. We also collect an approval from the student’s faculty advisor in the same manner.
Once we’ve collected the approvals from you, the employer, and the student’s faculty advisor, you will receive another email explaining the next steps and some important dates to remember.
Near the end of each semester, we ask employers to complete a short evaluation of the intern. This evaluation is sent via email and can be complete online.
Are there funding opportunities for STEM Employers?
Yes! The ND EPSCoR STTAR Program provides an opportunity for employers to partially fund internship salaries in the STEM field. Businesses must submit an application in order to be considered for the program.
To learn more about funding opportunities available to STEM Employers, please follow the hyperlink below: