Internship Program for Employers

CCM student interns are enthusiastic and ready to prove themselves!  They can bring cutting-edge skills from the classroom, provide fresh perspectives and energy, and promote current employee engagement and professional development. Current employees can be freed up to accomplish more complex tasks that require higher-level expertise, and develop leadership and mentoring skills; all leading to a more fulfilling work environment.

An internship program is also a practical way to recruit new talent for your organization.  A cost-effective approach to evaluating potential employees with no long-term commitment, an internship program could be the source of your next great employee!

Basic Internship Guidelines:

There should be a balance between learning and contributing (see Definition of an Internship below).  The Career Services staff or faculty member can work with an employer to ensure that an internship opportunity is mutually beneficial.

To qualify as an internship/co-op, the following should apply:

  • The position should provide a quality experience in which learning is the primary goal and where learning goals can be identified, achieved and measured.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise in the field.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the employer that support learning objectives/goals.
  • An experience in which an intern is receiving college credit requires:
    • a supervisor to be assigned to act as the student’s mentor and liaison between the employer and the internship faculty advisor to provide feedback on the intern’s professional development and accomplishment of learning goals;
    • a minimum number of hours worked over an academic semester (see academic calendar) based on the number of credits assigned;
    • a job description and a Work Agreement form (see sample).

To hire a Co-op/Intern:

Please post the job to our online system.  Under the Posting Information section, in the Position Type field, choose INTERNSHIP.

Questions?

Contact us at career-services@ccm.edu or call 973-328-5245.


 

 

Definition of an Internship from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)

What distinguishes internships from other forms of active learning is that there is a degree of supervision and self-study that allows students to “learn by doing” and to reflect upon that learning in a way that achieves certain learning goals and objectives. Feedback for improvement and the development or refinement of learning goals is also essential. What distinguishes an intern from a volunteer is the deliberative form of learning that takes place. There must be a balance between learning and contributing, and the student, the student’s institution, and the internship placement site must share in the responsibility to ensure that the balance is appropriate and that the learning is of sufficiently high quality to warrant the effort, which might include academic credit.

Please note:  If considering an unpaid internship, please review the updated statement  released by the Department of Labor in 2018 about unpaid internships and the “primary beneficiary test” used by the courts.

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