Career services 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 to promoting internship programs – to engage students and tap into a pipeline of future talent.
WSU Tri-Cities’ Career Services facilitates meaningful relationships between industry leaders and our students through an innovative program called Partners in Career Development. We are looking for professionals in the community to partner with career services to give professional and career advice and share skills with students who are interested in specific fields.
Professional volunteers can choose their commitment level and meet with students just one time or on a reoccurring basis. Students benefit immensely from learning about current trends in the workplace directly from you, the expert, and effective ways to land a job in your career field. As someone who is currently or has experience in the field, we look forward to you being able to share your advice and experience to the areas future workforce.
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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.
Job posting on the WSU Tri-Cities campus is easy and FREE.
Handshake is Washington State University’s free online employment resource for students, alumni, and employers. Handshake is a digital platform that connects students and alumni to professional full-time, part-time, internship, and on-campus employment opportunities. To start posting your opportunities, please visit Handshake and create a free profile today! If you have any further questions or specific hiring needs, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Students are also looking for internships year around. Generally internships happen during the typical university semesters: January-May, May-August, and August-December.
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:
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.
There are requirements from the State of Washington that explain what is required for paid and unpaid internships.
In general, unpaid internships take one of three forms.
Career services is not able to determine for you whether your internship meets the requirements from the state, and it is the employer’s responsibility to determine.
Often employers want to know what WSU does to “place” students with employers or in internship positions. Generally speaking, we 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 services at 509-372-7600 or email us today!
Career services 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 career services at 509-372-7600 or email email@example.com