Internship Fact Sheet for Site Supervisors
What you should know about supervising a Drury intern.
What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience related to a student's major area of career interest. It is directed jointly by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.
What are the benefits of an internship?
The student gains hands-on experience, an exposure to working conditions in a real world setting and the chance to observe and work with professional men and women. The organization gains a well-educated, motivated and talented student who can undertake selected responsibilities. It can also be a good opportunity to observe young people on the job and to evaluate them for possible future employment.
What requirements must students meet to do an internship?
Students must be juniors or seniors with a minimum grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in order to register for an internship.
How many hours a week will an intern work?
This is dependent upon how many hours of credit students take--in addition to the student's major.
Typically, for a three credit hour internship a minimum of 9 hours per week should be worked to complete the 135 hour requirement (for a 6 hour internship 270 hours must be completed in the semester).
How are internships graded?
Students receive a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade for the internship. Grades are assigned by the faculty sponsors and based on the work assigned by the professor, work done on-site and an evaluation from the site supervisor. Site Supervisors should complete the intern evaluation(s) prior to the deadline given so faculty sponsors may use the feedback in determining students' grades. Students are usually asked to keep a journal of work related activities and to write a final paper or report. Sometimes a project completed for the employer can act as a final paper.
Are interns paid?
Internships with for-profit companies should be paid. See the Department of Labor Fact Sheet 71 for more information.
Does Drury have a co-op program?
No. Typically Drury internships are parallel; that is, the student takes classes at the same time. The exception is summer internships that can be taken independently of other classes.
Where are Drury students currently working?
The sites are numerous and varied, as are the majors of the students involved. Communication majors are interning in media, advertising, and public relations in various sites. Business majors work in marketing, human resources, retail, accounting, banking, and in small business settings. Pre-professional students serve doctors, architects, lawyers, teachers, and others. Art students work in graphic design and museums; political science majors serve in government; English majors write and do research for businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Tips: Developing an internship that benefits the employer and the student
Students working in an internship have two major motivations:
- They want to get career-related experience
- They want to get an overview of the industry (i.e., "What's a TV station like?" or "What's an ad agency like?")
Therefore, it is important to develop an internship that provides benefits to you and offers a learning experience for the student.
Listed below are some tips to help ensure that both you and the student benefit from your internship:
- Meet with the student the semester prior to the internship to confirm a work schedule (typically 9-12 hours per week) and to settle issues like dress code, start and end dates (usually coincides with the school semester), and the student's obligations during the semester.
- Develop a job description ahead of time. This might simply be a list of duties and activities to be completed during the semester.
- Plan enough activities to keep the intern busy--ahead of time. If you wait until they come begging for work, you'll tend to only find "busy work."
- Plan a variety of activities. Make sure there are some projects that the students can work on even if you're tied up or away from the office. There will probably need to be flexibility for important projects.
- Try to take time to explain how these tasks "fit into the big picture." Also give information about your industry. This doesn't have to take a tremendous amount of time, but offers valuable insights to the student. When possible, try to be a teacher as well as a supervisor.
- Give feedback. Students like and need to know how they are doing.
- Make clear the evaluation process and evaluate the intern as you would a regular employee. Cover the evaluation with the intern, providing information regarding strengths as well as areas needing improvement.