Finding paid internships for your students

December 20, 2011 at 8:07 am | Posted in Finding internships, Job market | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

As the recession drags on, more and more financially strapped students want and need to have paid internships. Fortunately, more and more organizations are finding funds to pay interns. Although the compensation might be small, a paid internship boosts student morale as well as income.

The following tips offer new directions for paid internships:

  • Sponsorships at nonprofits:  Traditionally, nonprofit organizations have not offered many paid internships. But that’s changing. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, has received support from the Tucker Foundation since 1997, funding between 3 and 5 interns each year. Summerfield Johnston, whose family operates the Tucker Foundation, believes the fund supports work that benefits both the institution and the intern. Through their research, programming, writing, and other activities, the interns’ work benefits not only the museum, but each student’s life work as well. When exploring paid internships in nonprofit organizations, look for sponsorships that fund internships.
  • Paid internships with low number of applicants:  If students haven’t selected a major, you might guide them into fields where internships are paid, and they can sample potential concentrations based on their qualifications. Cal State Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and concentrations in the College of Business and Economics have a large number of paid internships that are available and a low number of applicants. These  areas of study have a low number of applicants because they do not require students to complete an internship to graduate. There are currently 22 interns in engineering, three in accounting and four in finance. Engineering, accounting and finance seem to have the highest paying internships.
  • International internship sites:  With a shortage of experienced IT workers in New Zealand and the competition to recruit them increasing, Sky City Entertainment Group is hoping its new internship program will help it secure young IT talent while providing interns with much needed real world experience. The internship will involve a year-long, paid position in the Sky City IT team, with candidates being provided internal and external training in system management, system support and delivery, and systems integration. Sky City has 5 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Employment by Sky City at the end of the internship is not guaranteed, but the work experience will benefit the interns in securing IT jobs in the future.

Internships.com search:  There are now over 56,000 internships in nearly 30,000 companies in 7,500 cities listed on the site. Instruct your students to enter Paid under Compensation when searching for an internship and see what comes up. For example, InfoScroll in New Jersey offers 18 part-time, paid entry level Account Manager Internships with Residual Income. This virtual internship requires fewer than 10 hours per week. Interns assist in setting up local restaurants and other businesses with Free Advertising on InfoScroll. In Redmond, Washington, a paid Journalism Intern will perform multiple tasks for a condominium association, including writing a monthly newsletter that goes out to 770 homeowners.  Tell your students that the word is out:  Paid is in.

Networking to build relationships with potential intern sites

September 26, 2011 at 8:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Both President Obama’s recent speech on job creation and new private programs to generate jobs could have positive results for career centers.  If there are new jobs created by the federal government and by businesses that receive tax incentives to hire more people, career counselors may discover fresh internship opportunities that could lead to jobs for student interns.

Here are a few tips on how to maximize future job growth:

  • Government Internships:  Some internship sites are worth the visit. Washington, DC is one of those, where you want to network with government officials to ensure that your students get the plum internships with federal agencies. Your representative or senator in DC might guide you to the right office. The University of the District of Columbia just announced the inaugural class of the Congressional Internship Program, a new program designed to give students experience working on Capitol Hill with the nation’s elected officials. The Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is the product of a joint effort between the University’s Office of Government Relations, faculty of the School of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences, Social Work, and the Members of Congress who have agreed to employ University students for one or two semester internships.
  • International internships:  Build connections abroad to help fill the increasing student demand. Western Washington University in Bellingham has established an internship program for education students not only state-side but also in Kenya. Kris Slentz, part of WWU’s special education department, is taking student interns to Kenya this winter to work in rural schools in an area known as Kasigau, in the southern part of the country near Tanzania. “It’s really great for anyone who ends up teaching in a school with a lot of diversity – language diversity or culture diversity – or low-income schools where you don’t’ have a lot of instructional materials,” said Slentz, who will be traveling to Kenya for the fourth time. If your school has a satellite university, you might start with the faculty and career center people in the overseas program for promising leads.
  • Networking boards:  Maximize your boards. Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School will graduate its first class of full-time MBAs at the end of this school year, according to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report.  So when it came to lining up potential employers for the soon-to-grads, the school took no chances — it leveraged the university’s prestigious medical reputation to stack Carey’s corporate advisory board with representatives from companies like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Quest Diagnostics, and GE Healthcare. “(The Hopkins) name was enough to get us conversations and meetings with employers until our business school is wider known,” says Patrick Madsen, Carey’s director of programs, education and career services. Many companies represented on the board offered Carey students summer internships and are considering candidates for full-time spots this fall, the school reports.

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