What is an Internship?
An internship provides an opportunity for college students to obtain hands-on work experience in a professional business environment. Students learn more about a particular field and increase their understanding of the business they are working in.
Internships prepare Trinity students for careers through academic training and work experience in a student’s chosen field and allows a student to:
- Apply theory to practice;
- Try out a career choice before committing to it;
- Develop skills and confidence in their abilities;
- Gain valuable skills sought after by employers;
- Begin the process of career networking and obtaining employment contacts
Why Should I Hire an Intern?
Hiring an intern provides the employer with an opportunity to make an impact in their community. Not only will the employer assist a college student in expanding their work experiences, but also the college student will assist the employer in completing essential tasks. Internships can be paid or non-paid positions. Most students receive college credit for an internship. An intern’s responsibilities vary based on the needs of the employer, but should be relevant to student’s course of study. For example, a student interning in a law firm may not be completing legal research or litigation, however their experiences in assisting members of the firm with projects, attending court sessions, and providing administrative assistance will increase their understanding of the operation of a law firm.
Internships for Credit or Non-credit
Once an internship has been obtained, the student must complete an Internship Agreement form (accessible version). The student should fill out the form completely and correctly and obtain all necessary signatures before submitting the agreement to the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. If the student is seeking credit for the internship, s/he must enroll in the apporiate class associated with the internship. The completed Internship Agreement form must be received by the ADD/DROP deadline in order to receive credit and a grade for the semester. An evaluation is to be completed by the student and site supervisor once the internship is complete. Please contact the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning for more information on the application process.
What Is Involved in Supervising an Intern?
As an on-site internship supervisor, you are responsible for meeting with the intern prior to the start of the assignment to discuss tasks. The student and a faculty advisor will have met to discuss the learning objectives of the assignment, which will be outlined in the Internship Agreement. Once the agreement form is completed and filled out correctly, the student will sumbit the final copy to the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning for final approval. As a result, all parties that sign the agreement will receive a copy. Your intern will receive feedback, training and supervision, as needed, not necessarily any more or less than a regular employee and at the end of the semester, the on-site supervisor will complete an evaluation of the student. Please contact the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning with additional questions or concerns: (202) 884-9636.
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Federal Internships: The Pathways Program
Effective July 2012, the government’s popular federal internship program is now known as The Internship Program under the new Federal Pathways Program. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), The Internship Program is for current students and it replaces the previously known Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). While this new federal program has been re-designed, it is important to note that it is largely modeled after the previous SCEP program and as a result will have similar characteristics. For more information about this new hiring reform, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/hiringreform/pathways/
Trinity Washington University Student Eligibility
- Student must be a current student enrolled at least half-time or full-time.
- Student must be in academic good standing as defined by Trinity.
- Student’s job must be related to academic career goals or field of study.
- As soon as a student begins to consider participating in a Federal Internship Program, s/he must inform the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Immediate notification is essential since the approval process involves several offices at both Trinity and the agency.
- Student must provide federal approval forms and federal job description completed and correctly filled out from the agency immediately following the agency’s offer.
- Student must provide a learning outcomes statement that explains how the position matches their career goals and aspirations.
- Upon receipt of the approval forms, job description and learning outcomes statement, the Office of Career Services enforces a minimum of a 48-hour response time for an update on the request (pending there are no setbacks).
The Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning serves as the university’s official office for internship approvals and is the only office that can provide approval for these requests. As a result, all requests should be submitted in a timely fashion in order to aid with timely approvals. Please direct all internship approval questions and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.