Below is some general information about internships development. If you'd like to
talk with someone personally about internships for FSU students please contact Career
Center at CLACS@ferris.edu, with any questions. Internships for Ferris State University students can be posted
for free on Bulldog CareerLink.
Review the Employer and Internship initiatives and the Employer Internship Toolkit
An internship is:
- An on-site work experience directly related to career goals and/or field(s) of interest
- Supervised, emphasizing learning and professional development
- Evaluative, provides system for feedback and communication
- Either paid, unpaid, for-credit, not-for-credit
An internship is not:
- Routine, repetitive tasks unrelated to identified learning goals
- A job that does not offer career related learning opportunities and experiences
- Unsupervised, not evaluated experiences
- An internship is not doing tasks in a workplace but rather learning and growing professionally.
- Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments, non-profit
groups and organizations.
- Credit or non-credit internships can be done during the fall, spring and summer
- An internship can be paid or unpaid. (A volunteer can also be categorized as an unpaid
- Student interns have a supervisor on-site with experience in the students' area of
Benefits of an Internship Program:
- Students offer fresh perspectives beneficial to business
- Students have a desire to learn and make contributions to business
- Students are up-to-date on cutting edge concepts and knowledge
- Internships offer an effective way for companies to locate and train motivated students
to fill immediate needs.
- Internships create a valuable pipeline of talent for a future workforce.
- Internships allow employers to pre-screen potential employees for ability, habits,
interpersonal skills and adaptability before making a full-time offer, and students
get to learn about a company before making a commitment.
- Employers can seamlessly convert interns to full-time employees who can be productive
Top Ten Tips for Successful Internships:
- Plan and Prepare – Successful internships require some upfront planning and preparation
time. Define the intern’s role and responsibilities sufficiently ahead of time. Prepare
staff members who will interact with the intern.
- Orient and Train – Plan and provide at least basic orientation and training.
- Supervise – Designate a supervisor who will be available and committed to overseeing
- Include and Enrich – In addition to the fundamental tasks the intern handles, provide
other experiences that will enrich the experience, such as sitting in on staff meetings
and client presentations.
- Challenge and Use – Find out what specialized skills the intern might possess and
find a way to use them in a way that challenges the intern and benefits your organization.
- Mentor – Arrange opportunities for the intern to benefit from experienced individuals
in your organization. For example, help them connect with others in your organization
for career information and advice interviews.
- Feedback – Provide ongoing performance feedback to the intern. Also, get feedback
FROM them about their experience.
- Follow-up – Contact the College representative (if applicable) if you do not receive
intern applicants or have any other concerns.
- Support – At the conclusion of the internship, give the student a letter of reference
that outlines his/her strengths and accomplishments as an intern. Talk to the student
about job search strategies that might help him or her break into your field.
- Have Fun – College students can bring a breath of fresh air to a workplace. Enjoy
your time with them!!