Creating Effective Internships
boston college career center
The Boston College Internship Program wants to ensure that this is a positive experience for both employers and interns. Therefore, we have outlined the expectations that we ask of all of our internship sponsors. Our students file an evaluation of your internship, which is accessible to all students using our program. Offering a positive internship experience for every intern will ensure your success in recruiting future interns.
Training and Supervision
A plan should be put in place in advance of the intern's arrival. Training may entail a formalized structured process, on the job training, or some of both. The intern should be assigned a direct supervisor with periodic meetings scheduled.
Quality of Work Experience
An internship is designed to be a learning experience. Interns should have the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the career field as well as develop skills used by professionals in the field.
- Clerical or"busy work" should be minimal.
- The level of responsibility should be consistent with the abilities of the student.
Please discuss the comfort level with certain tasks before assigning them to students.
Your feedback to the intern needs to be clear, constructive and direct. Evaluations should include consistent verbal feedback as well as a written mid-point evaluation.
The terms of the internship (hours, dates, etc.) should be clearly defined to the intern. Appropriate space and equipment should be designated in order to enhance the intern's productivity. Most academic year internships involve from 5-15 hours per week and may begin at any time of the year. Summer internships can be full or part-time.
Internships may be paid or unpaid, however students typically seek out paid positions first. Federal guidelines suggest that for an internship to be unpaid, the employer must be able to demonstrate that the intern derives more benefit from the position than the employer does. If the internship is unpaid and the student incurs significant cost (i.e.. transportation/parking, meals), we ask that you consider paying a stipend for reimbursement of expenses. Arrangements for class credit will need to be made by the student through their academic department. Typical salary range information can be found on our web site.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these guidelines.
Boston Colllege Career Center