Finding resources to support fall internship requests

August 25, 2011 at 7:49 am | Posted in Intern Support | Leave a comment

Susan Sandberg

Memories of summer vacations are fading fast as your campus springs to life again. Your office may be one of the first stops for returning students who are anxious about obtaining the perfect fall internship. Over the summer has built its internship offerings to nearly 47,000 postings from over 22,000 companies in 1,800 cities. By directing your students to these listings, you’ll be able to help them better understand the broad scope of the internship marketplace. For support in managing your growing volume of internship requests, consider these other resources:

  • Community support:  An anonymous donor who wanted to improve the Baltimore community by having students work in area nonprofits donated $1.25 million to fund the new Johns Hopkins Community Impact Internships program run by the university’s Center for Social Concern. The student program paired 25 students with 25 Baltimore nonprofit, community-based organizations. Each student received a $5,000 stipend. At the end of this summer, the inaugural program had proved successful. You might be able to encourage similar community support in your own city.
  • Professional support:  Nathan Shelby of the Jackson-based law firm Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell was recognized for his leadership efforts this summer during the inaugural year of the Law Student Judicial Internship Program. He with the help of colleagues placed 44 law students under the supervision of 43 judges across the state of Tennessee. Shelby is the chairman of the Membership & Law School Outreach Committee and the Judicial Internship Program.
  • Alumni support:  Ottawa developer Wes Nicol has donated $1 million to Carleton University to help support business-minded students to develop as entrepreneurs. The donations will create the Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute which will oversee paid internships and be open to undergraduate and graduate students from all faculties. Lawyer and businessman Nicol, a 1954 Carleton graduate, said he hopes the institute will reward hard work and creativity. It’s a good time to check with your alumni office on campus about potential alumni gifts to support internships.
  • University support:  Area business owners have the opportunity to participate this fall in a new internship program that will match University of Houston-Victoria business students with employers in their chosen major. The School of Business Administration is partnering with the university’s Career Services Office to administer the venture. Career Services has placed hundreds of UHV students in local jobs, but this is the university’s first paid internship program. Full-time and part-time internships may take place throughout the year, but most are expected to last for one semester.
  • Document support:  Students need resumes, cover letters, and references to apply for internships. As a busy educator, you could receive document support from programs, such as QuickBuild Cover Letter or resume samples as well as informative hand-outs to educate your students about internship responsibilities. To learn more about these resources, go to and review Educator Quick Guide, Useful Sample Documents, and Premium Educator Resources for more help.

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