EACE Blog contribution by Scott Borden and Sue Pye, Rutgers University Career Services
This article is the second of a three part series focused on the strategic development, growth and ongoing evaluation of of a for-credit internship program, the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program (RICP) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, a large, diverse state university.
The Rutgers Internship and Co-op (RICP) program course curriculum focuses on career development and professional growth. The primary course objective is to help students clarify career goals and develop career plans to improve access to post-graduation opportunities. Pre and Post Surveys and rubrics are used to evaluate learning outcomes. Students also evaluate their internship site and instructors. Through this formal evaluation process, not only are learning outcomes evaluated but all aspects of the students’ course experience. This valuable information allows the Experiential Education team to make impactful changes to the program. Read more
Hire smart interns.
EACE Blog contribution by Teresa Olsen, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning at Colgate University Center for Career Services
If there is one budget line that my institution will have to pry out of my cold, dead, hands, it would be for my student interns. Let that sink in for a minute. Student interns, really? Absolutely. Not programming, toilet paper (thank goodness that one is covered out of the divisional budget), or printing. Ok, in complete disclosure I’d go to the mat for each of those, but here’s where my conviction on interns comes from.
Let’s just say, if my ability to pay my interns ever goes away, I’d fail the DOL’s six-pronged test miserably. In fact, my internships are intentionally designed that way. Frankly, I want the student to get as much out of the experience as I am getting out of them. Yes, it’s about creating a dynamic under which they are going to learn extensively, but I am also counting on them to move some of our core priorities forward, and, with any luck, to teach me a great deal in the process.
I have supervised many interns. Some don’t work out just the way you anticipate. You know…the student whom you interview that you know has some hidden talent, some raw potential that you just couldn’t put your finger on. And then four to nine months later Read more
EACE Blog contribution by Erica Ely, Program Director (Internships), University of Maryland University Career Center & The President’s Promise
Booz Allen Hamilton is a strategy and technology consulting firm that serves civilian government agencies, as well as commercial, defense and intelligence, international and non-profit organizations. On Tuesday, July 22, EACE members traveled to the Washington, DC metro area to learn more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s internship and full-time opportunities for our students.
Booz Allen Hamilton prides itself on “hiring every single major from A-Z – from accounting to zoology.” When overall sourcing candidates, the firm doesn’t look for specific majors; instead, they seek students that are trainable, analytical, flexible, smart, energetic and effective problem solvers. Read more
My Summer Interning at American Red Cross
Guest Blog Contributor: Jessica Velasco, Class of 2014 at Iona College
Deciding what to do over the Summer
Outstanding Campus Red Cross Club Award Metro NY North Meghan – VP of Red Cross Club at Iona (left), Carl – Club Advisor (center) and Jessica (right)
During my college career, I’ve kept myself busy every summer; whether it was taking a few classes, volunteering or working for an organization. Going into my senior year, it was imperative to find a valuable internship, because it’s one of the first steps into the professional world. I wasn’t only considering internship at non-profit organization and kept my options open; however, I knew I wanted to work for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others. As a Student Campus Minister at Iona, we work with many non-profits to promote volunteerism throughout the campus and the community.
The recruitment process
I was offered an opportunity with my previous summer job at an international English school, but I knew I wanted to do something different. I literally searched “summer internships” and one of the first links that came up was the American Red Cross Summer internship. As I was reading the web page, I saw the many opportunities the program had to offer across the county and at National Headquarters. I would check the web site every day to see when the application was available. Once it came out, I wasted no time to create my profile and apply to the positions I was interested in.
Human Resources contacted the candidates to confirm whether their interest in the program. Then they would inform the students via email whether we made the first few rounds of the process. Once I was selected to schedule a phone interview for the final round, I was ecstatic! My interview was the day before my birthday and I was a nervous wreck. Prior to the interview, I made an appointment at the Gerri Ripp Career Development Center to review my resume and conduct a mock interview. They prepared me with potential questions and how to answer them. I was able to conduct my interview in the office that way there would be no distractions. Two days after my interview, I received the email of an offer for the Youth and Young Adult Intern. It was one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. There was never a time I felt intimidated to ask questions because the recruitment team was so willing to help.
Internships: Emphasize Education, Not Compensation
EACE Blog contribution by Beth Settje, Senior Assistant Director, Internship Program – Center for Career Development at the University of Connecticut
In my role at a large, public university I field questions from students, employers, and faculty about the definition of an internship, the terms that make one a quality experience, funding expectations, supervision, etc. I am also asked to help interpret the Fair Labor Standards Act’s six point criteria, which I cautiously do, keeping in mind I don’t work for that agency and am not a representative of that office. And however inappropriate some of these experiences may appear to be, our department’s primary focus is the educational aspect of the position.
So in considering an internship’s educational worthiness, I review the description for such elements. How is it different than a part-time job? What projects, research, job shadows, etc., are built into the internship position that are not directly related to the day-to-day work the intern will do? How is the position offering learning that relates to the student’s educational purpose, major, or degree? All parties involved must be in sync with this question, regardless of whether the student is earning credit.