The Career Development Office is dedicated to creating connections between employers and students to develop professional preparedness, internships, networking, and career employment. We offer employers many avenues – from posting a job or creating internship programs – to engage students and tap into a pipeline of future talent.
The information on this page is not legal advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. Please consult with your legal counsel regarding wage issues for your specific internship positions, compliance with Labor Laws, and issues of fair wages.
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Be sure you include the following information in the post: Employer Name, Location, Job Type: (full-time, part-time, internship), Time Length: (permanent, temporary, Summer only), Compensation, Job Description, Qualifications, To Apply, Closing Date.
Many companies start their intern search process in the Fall by attending Career Fairs and generating interest. As a general rule, the broader your search and the more interns you are looking to hire, the earlier you want to begin the process.
Below are some general timelines depending on whether your company wants to begin early or later in the year.
The early timeline has the advantage of a deeper pool of students from which to recruit, time to reach more campuses, time to attend career events, and a non-rushed hiring process. However, good candidates are looking for positions right up until they leave the campus for the summer.
Internships have two areas of great opportunity: what can the intern do for you and what can you teach the intern. Think in terms of these two areas when deciding what tasks to give interns.
In the “what-the-intern-can-do-for-us” category, interns are great at getting back-burner projects done. Some intern projects can be updating a policy or procedure manual, inventory counts, creating an inventory system, market research, or maybe help a professional on your staff. Ask your staff what they would have an intern do if one was available.
As far as “what-can-we-teach-the-intern” category, consider all the different work settings, projects, and processes that would benefit an intern to experience. Seeing different work sites within your company, sitting in on significant meetings, making a presentation to senior management, or having a day of exploration within each department of your company could be a fantastic learning experience for the intern.
Routine busy work—filing, data entry, “gophering”, etc.—should not be the majority of the intern’s responsibilities. Allow the intern get a glimpse of the real working world!
The employer responsibilities for an internship are the same as for all employees in regard to fair wages, safe work environment, reasonable accommodations, etc. The areas of specific interest to interns are the following:
Medical Insurance — Students are responsible for obtaining their own medical insurance for injuries to self. WSU’s Office of Benefits and Payroll Services has student medical insurance available; the student may be able to be listed on their parents’ insurance policy; or the student could obtain insurance through a local vendor.
Worker’s Compensation — If a student is paid in an employment capacity, the student should be covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation policy. If a student is unpaid or receives a stipend, it is highly advisable for an employer to obtain a rider to its existing workers’ compensation policy to cover the intern.
Professional Liability — Many students are able to obtain liability insurance for a low cost through a WSU insurance policy offered through WSU’s Risk Management Office or through a professional association in their field.
For the most part, an employer does not need to do anything to create an internship that qualifies for academic credit. To earn academic credit for an internship experience, the student will need to contact their academic advisor for the applicable information and forms.
To qualify for academic credit, the student will arrange for specific deliverables with their sponsoring faculty member. As the student works out the specifics, they or the faculty may contact the employer for more information.
Unpaid internships have come under increased scrutiny by the State of Washington in the past few years because of abuses. The issues of Fair Wage and Labor law are complex. You should consult your own legal counsel before making any decisions.
In general, unpaid internships take one of three forms.
The U.S. Department of Labor has a six criteria test for compliance with Fair Wage laws in internships. In short, an unpaid internship with a for-profit firm is possible, but a paid internship avoids a great deal of liability and grants the employer the most flexibility in regard to its interns.
Often employers want to know what WSU does to “place” students with employers or in internship positions. Generally speaking, the Career Development Office will help communicate opportunities and facilitate employer-student interaction. As far as helping to screen candidates, WSU is limited by FERPA laws that protect the student’s personal education information. The actions WSU may take on the employer’s behalf are:
If you would like help in engaging and recruiting WSU Tri-Cities students, contact the Career Development Office at 509-372-7600 or email us today!
The WSU Tri-Cities Career Development Office is committed to bringing employers and students together to make the most of employment and internship opportunities. To that end, the office hosts several career events on campus during the academic year, the most notable of which is our annual Career Fair. The Office also hosts regular workshops, professional panels, and networking events.
If you would like to post an internship or job with WSU Tri-Cities or be involved in an on-campus event, call the Career Development Office at 509-372-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org