Chatham University Career Development

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Internship Program

The Chatham University Internship Program allows students to acquire hands-on academic and career-related work experience. Each student undertaking an internship does so through Career Development with the supervision of a faculty member. The following link will provide you with an overview of our internship program and guidelines: Internship Program Overview.  Internship site supervisors will be asked by the student to sign an Internship Learning Agreement. You may download the agreement here: Internship Learning Agreement. Each experience is evaluated by the student, internship site manager, and faculty supervisor.  Should you need to download an evaluation form in order to evaluate your student intern, the following link will provide you with access to the Supervisor Evaluation form: Internship Site Supervisor Evaluation of Intern.

In a January 2008 Association of American Colleges and Universities survey, 4 in 5 employers affirm the belief that students completing supervised and evaluated internships gain the skills and knowledge needed for success at their companies. Please visit NACElink to register and post internship opportunities for our students.

Chatham University Degrees and Programs

Visit Degrees and Program and click on either the undergraduate programs or the graduate programs on the sidebar menu to see the various majors and programs of study, including specific courses and curriculum outline.

How to Create an Internship Position

If your company or organization already has an established internship program or internship positions in place, please be sure to email the details to Monica Ritter, Associate Director of Career Development, at mritter@chatham.edu. Monica can share the information with our students and direct appropriate students to your opportunity. However, if you have never hosted an intern before, or are considering creating an internship position, here are some guidelines to follow in order to develop an internship within your company:

Review the Internship Overview for Employers link (see above) to learn more about the requirements of Chatham's internship program.

Consider Chatham' s majors. Degrees and Programs and click on either the undergraduate programs or the graduate programs on the sidebar menu to see the various majors and programs of study, including specific courses and curriculum outline.

Think about what a student could learn from working in your department/company. It will be necessary to be able to articulate what your company is all about and what the student will learn from interning with you.

Think about the goals and mission of your company, as well as your department-specific goals. What could the intern learn about the industry through the examination of these goals and the process of contributing to their achievement?

Design tasks for your intern that would enable her/him to learn about your industry while assisting the department in meeting a goal or completing a project.

Make the internship goals manageable and attainable. Choose projects, goals, or activities that can be completed within the time frame of the internship.

Define for the intern measurable achievements that can be attained by the end of the internship.

Chatham guidelines require that clerical/manual tasks, such as filing, mail opening, data entry, etc. be limited to a maximum of 15% of the total internship time. The student should be spending the majority of time engaging in hands-on activities and observations that will give them exposure to the professional aspects of the field.

State your expectations clearly regarding expected schedule, office policy, and work to be completed.

Determine a work schedule for the intern based on the number of hours per week that you have available to invest in supervision.

Decide if the internship will be a paid or unpaid experience.

Complete the attached internship position request form and submit to Monica Ritter, Associate Director of Career Development, at mritter@chatham.edu.

Please also contact Monica should you have any questions regarding developing an internship or Chatham's internship program. Hosting a Chatham intern will be a mutually beneficial growth experience for your company/organization and the student.

How to Supervise a Chatham Intern

Review the Learning Agreement with the student prior to the start of the internship including the internship position description, so that the intern understands what the day to day responsibilities will be.

State what you expect in the way of dress, office conduct, policies, attendance, and participation clearly to the intern.

Communicate with your intern frequently throughout the internship to see if there are questions, to discuss progress toward outcomes, and to make sure that the internship is providing the learning experience that the intern is expecting.

Make sure that the intern feels "safe" communicating with you, so that he/she are not afraid to approach you to share ideas or ask questions.

Request the intern's input on current processes and procedures and help him/her to understand that some ideas may be chosen to be implemented and others may not and why.

Explain to the intern that you will be offering critique and advice on workplace conduct, professional dress, work processes/procedures, and anything that the intern may need to work on or improve in order to be successful in the field.

Encourage your intern to write down instructions for projects and tasks, notes from meetings, expected/desired outcomes, etc. Writing information down helps to avoid miscommunication/misinterpretation and serves as a record of communication.

Involve your intern in professional development activities including internal meetings, meetings with clients, classes, seminars, webinars, networking receptions, and professional organizations.

Inform your intern of field-related organizations that they should join, newsletters and periodicals that they should subscribe to, and any other resources commonly used by professionals in your field.

Teach your intern about the technology used in the field. If there is a computer program that your office uses, give the intern a task that will enable her/him to use the technology.

Encourage the intern to record her/his accomplishments, keep samples of work, take photos of interesting internship events, and find ways to record the experience within a portfolio.

Chatham's internship program requires a formal evaluation of the intern at the conclusion of the internship. An evaluation form will be sent to you and you will be asked to complete it and share the feedback with the intern in a face-to-face meeting.

Offer to be a resource and a reference for the intern after the internship is completed. Outstanding interns make outstanding employees!

Stay in contact with Crystal Vietmeier, Coordinator of Experiential Learning Opportunities, in Chatham's Office of Career Development at cvietmeier@chatham.edu. Remember, we are your partner in this process and would be happy to answer questions and offer guidance throughout the process to help make the internship experience mutually rewarding for you and the student.