Internships are well thought-out, educational work experiences in an intern's career field of interest. The internship knowledge provides the intern with a chance to relate his/her academic knowledge in a practical, real world setting and allows the intern to determine a particular career field that he/she is engrossed in pursuing.
All enrolled interns are encouraged to seek internship opportunities and participate in many internship experiences during their college career because the experience, professional contacts and references gained help to prepare them for entering the job market after their course.
Internships arrive in many different shapes and sizes. Some are credit bearing, some are not. Some are linked with monetary rewards, others are not. Some internship's are summer experiences while others may be during college breaks or the academic semester.
Internships provide an opportunity for students to augment their academic learning with field experience related to their major, explore prospective careers, and make valuable networking contacts. The value of job-related experience has been demonstrated consistently by the successful placement of interns in the world of work.
Internships help to prepare students for qualified careers in a dynamic and increasingly unified world. Internships help to construct a framework that prepares students well for work within their major and makes them instant ready for the start of their careers Internships guided by practicing professionals provide opportunity to incorporate theory with realistic learning for interns to know the concrete relevance in different scenarios. In each scenario, students deal with the challenges and issues which they will eventually come across in their future when they are actually dealing the job.
Ø Provide an chance and setting in which students can test theory learned in the classroom in a practical situation and discover the evaluation of work and the rewards of achievement.
Ø Provide a system of charge and encourage competence and the development of affirmative work habits.
Ø Provide an beginning to the human dynamics of working with a variety of individuals.
Ø Enhance classroom learning through experience with practical application.
Ø Make contacts in a chosen field and build a network of references for future employment
Ø Allow the exploration of career fields to test fitness for or interest in a selected occupation
Ø Develop critical job oriented skills.
Ø Complement the moderate education goals of the University and support a successful shift from student to professional life.
General Internship guidelines
Each department may set up ground rules for students wishing to commence internships however, the following guidelines apply:
Ø Make sure the specific credits assigned for the internship program.
Ø Make sure the seminar for pre-internship training.
Ø An Intent to Perform Internship form must be completed for each intern and each internship
Ø Specify the Internship credit limit i.e., maximum credits per internship and total credits given in that particular semester, etc., and also how many internships student may undertake.
Ø Internship documents and registration are completed through the relevant authority concerned and faculty guide approval.
Ø Internship course syllabus (including assignments) is developed jointly by academic departments and the faculty guides who have a keen eye on the dynamic corporate requirements.
Ø Syllabus assignments are received, stored and evaluated by the respective department who evaluates and decides the final grades.
As a faculty guide one has to manage the following activities for successful implementation of the internship:
Before the Internship:
Ø Maintain names and contact information for past and prospective internship employers to have a future resource for providing internship network.
Ø Meet with different level of interest holders ( local, regional, and national employers) for internship development and improvise on the program on the basis of their recommendations.
Ø Verify all Internship Learning Contracts for accuracy and completeness and submit registration paperwork for each intern to the Registrar.
Ø Evaluate interns and the internship program through work with Company, Company guide, Faculty guide and student feedback.
During the Internship:
Ø Utilize a periodic reporting mechanism to track hours worked.
Ø Monitor internships via communication with site supervisors and interns.
Ø Evaluate syllabi assignments to monitor progress toward meeting learning objectives.
Ø Intervene as needed with interns or intern employers to mediate problems that may arise
After the Internship:
Ø Evaluate the intern and the internship employer
Ø Ensure all required assignments have been completed and received on time; submit intermediate and final grades (pass/fail)
Ø Maintain the database on the information related to current and former interns and internship placements in electronic and paper files (including all administrative and academic paperwork - by major and employer).
To ensure academic viability and appropriateness, faculty advisors will:
Ø Meet with students to discuss prospective internships and to help complete the inclination to Internship form prior to the semester deadline.
Ø Discuss appropriateness of prospective internships to the student's major by review of job description and (if needed) through communication with site supervisors regarding learning objectives and goals.
Ø Approve learning objectives that have been developed by the student and described in the Internship Learning agreement and assist students with achievement of the agreement prior to the semester deadline.
To ensure corporate viability and appropriateness, faculty guide will:
Ø Send the required documents/ reports required by the company guide.
Ø Send the thank you letters to the company guides and highlight the cooperation by the organization and the company guide in making the successful realization of the learning objectives.
Ø Request for the commitment for job offers for successful interns.
Ø Communicate the smooth execution of reward that is promised by the company to the eligible candidates.
Ø Requesting for feedback and commitment for future interns.
Guidelines to Student Intern:
Ø The internship is designed to provide students with a guided beginning to the trained working world. Students must meet the following requirements to successfully participate in an internship experience:
Before the Internship
Ø Discuss with the faculty advisers to plan the timing of their internship, to make sure all departmental requirements are met and to develop learning objectives and goals.
Ø Obtain an Internship Learning agreement upon submission of the inclination to Internship form; return completed Internship Learning agreement within the time frame.
During the Internship
Ø Complete all written assignments as nominated by the internship syllabus and the Internship Learning agreement.
Ø Make sure the faculty guide Provides the internship company guide with the forms for the weekly evaluation, midterm evaluation and final evaluation prior to the due dates for these evaluations (these should be completed and submitted by the company guide directly to the academic institution to which the student belongs).
Ø Complete an internship site evaluation form and return it to the educational institute at least one week prior to the start of final evaluation of the intern.
After the Internship
Ø Submit all required reports not later than one week prior to the beginning of classes.
Ø Make sure the faculty guide send the company guide a thank you letter and mark a copy of the letter to the educational institute.