Why set up an Internship Program?
- An ongoing internship program can be an excellent recruiting tool for your organization. It can also be a great way to help lighten your employees' workload. However, an internship program is not free labor.
- When setting up an internship program, keep a key point in mind — the intern should take as much away from the internship as your company does. A good internship program will include some "grunt" work, but it will also provide invaluable opportunities to learn about the work world and a particular industry or field. The best internships involve interns in real projects — if only on a low level — and include them in meetings so they can listen and learn.
You will also need to compensate your interns. This can be done in a variety of ways. Either pay them at least minimum wage, or help them to earn college credit. At Wheaton College there are currently four academic departments that require internship credit to graduate. If you are interested in setting up a for-credit-internship, please email our Internship Coordinator, Deborah Carlson, or call her at 630.752.5048 to discuss this opportunity.