Basic Internship Guidelines
Just Creating Your First Internship?
Fast Company has a simple and easy to read article that provides some great guidance when building your new internship program. In addition, the Career Development team can offer tips, guidance and support in building an internship that will serve both you and our students well.
First-time registrants should use a concise company description that will attract interest in your company and and the position you wish to full.
CCA's Office of Career Development will approve your registration within one business day. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email with your ID and password, at which time you can access the [job board at CCA Works] job board where you can post a job or internship opportunity.
You will be asked to confirm or update your registration every 90 days, so the most current contact information appears on your postings (including our internal records). Our goal is to encourage students and alumni to make proper contact with your company or organization.
An internship should be a substantive experience that provides a link between theory and practice. Career Development will list internships that have the potential to grant a student elective credit.
Most internships are paid and must be approved by the program's faculty internship advisor in order for a student to receive credit. If an internship is not academically relevant and is not approved, you will be notified and may be asked to change the internship into a part-time position on the job board at CCA Works. If you have questions about pay, please see the employer FAQ.
Some majors have minimum hours requirements for internships. Please visit Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design for that program's specific internship information. Fine arts students completing an internship can work from 6 to 12 hours per week.
Listing your internship
Employers with internships for Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design must be approved before listing an internship. Please contact the faculty internship advisor for the area of study to become approved. Once approved, please visit the job board at CCA Works to list an internship. (Note: Employers with internships outside these disciplines may go directly to the job board to list an internship.)
After an internship is posted
When students are interested in the opportunity, they will contact you regarding the internship. At that time, they are required to complete the necessary forms to gain approval for internship credit. Upon approval, they can begin work.
As an employer, you or someone on your staff will serve as supervisor to your intern. The supervisor is required to meet with the intern individually to set goals, expectations, and responsibilities by completing a Learning Contract. This process will define the intern's role within your organization.
We ask that you set a regular time to meet with your intern to review progress and to keep the lines of communication clear regarding project expectations.
At the end of the semester (or when the internship ends) we ask that you provide us with an internship evaluation, including a recommendation for a grade.
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