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How Do You Hire an Intern?

Ideally, the internship search begins two to three months before the intern is needed. The best starting point is to evaluate your need for an intern and to select the specific projects or tasks that need to be done. Decide who will be the supervisor of the intern and work with him/her to identify the skills and abilities that the intern will need to be a success. An internship description is then created with all or most of these areas covered:

  • Description of your organization
  • Description of the project or tasks to be assigned to the intern
  • Preferred skills*
  • Required skills*
  • Description of training opportunities
  • Work days and hours**
  • Pay or stipend
  • Transportation options to work site
  • What documents are needed to apply (i.e. cover letter, resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, media portfolio)
  • How to apply
  • Start and end date of the internship
  • Housing availability or assistance with finding lodging
  • It is always better to prepare a thorough internship description rather than a brief one.

Post the internship on CareerBridge or contact to create an on-campus recruiting schedule.

As submitted resumes are received, interviews may begin. Interviews can be conducted on campus, over the telephone, or at the organization's site. Please keep the applicants informed as to your time frame in making the decision to hire.

*When discussing skills, give examples of how they will be used rather than just naming the skills.

**If work days and hours are flexible, you can state this fact but also give guidelines such as needing 20 hours per week, or only Monday through Friday.