First Day/Week: Review work policies and procedures, including hours, breaks, work attire, and any relevant guidelines the intern needs to follow while at your place of business; establish learning objectives with the intern and create a plan of action for meeting these objectives.
Mid-Way through Internship: Conduct a mid-point evaluation with the intern to review progress made towards the established objectives; provide performance feedback; identify steps the intern needs to take to meet all objectives and goals by the internship's end.
Conclusion of the Internship: Conduct a final review and evaluation.
If offering an internship for credit, be prepared to complete paperwork required from the student's college or university. The best option is to allow students to decide if they would like to earn credit for the internship. While earning credit may be a desirable option for the student, requiring that students earn credit while completing your internship will limit the number of students who can apply because there are many factors a student must consider when taking an internship for credit, such as:
For these reasons, we recommend you leave earning credit as an optional part of your internship. Use language such as "School credit may be available- we can work with your college career center to determine eligibility for class credit." If you would like to require that the student earn credit, you can specify "must be taken for credit," but you can't specify how many credits or any additional terms- this is determined by the student's college or university.
Paid & Non-Paid Internships
While designing your internship program you may need to consider the impact of various legal issues. Contact your organization's attorney with any questions, or for further information. Some of the major legal factors impacting internship programs include:
International students can bring new perspectives to your organization as interns. They bring insight from their own cultures, and are eager to experience the professional world in the United States. There are several types of visas granted to international students, most of which allow for the student to work off-campus. The office for international programs at the student's campus will be able to advise the student regarding his/her work authorization status and particular type of student visa.
Interns may be required to work on projects where intellectual property rights are a concern. Typically, if new employees would be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, an intern may be asked to do so as well. If you are concerned, seek legal counsel on how to proceed.
Benefits and Insurance
Benefits are not typically offered to interns, since internships are short-term in nature. Most students will have insurance coverage through their colleges or universities, or will be covered under their parents' policies. If you have questions regarding benefits and insurance, contact your attorney.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Federal and state regulations regarding Equal Employment Opportunity apply to the employment of interns as well as full-time employees. For further information, speak with your Human Resources department or legal counsel.
2020 MCC Professional Development Conference
Friday, January 10, 2020
Loyola University Maryland - Graduate Campus, 2034 Greenspring Dr, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093