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How to work with Blugold students: student success = business success

| Denise Olson

Are you a local business owner or manager who already knows the assets that a Blugold intern can bring to your organization, and you’re looking to hire again? Or are you seeking information about how you too can tap into the incredible synergy that student internships can create for area organizations and talented young Blugolds ready to take the next step toward a career?

From the first steps of creating an internship program that meets your business needs, to posting internships, collecting applications and interviewing students, our Career Services staff is ready to pair your business or organization with the perfect Blugold intern to ensure mutual success.

What do I do first? Below are the initial steps that organizations need to take in creating a Blugold internship program. Once the program is in place, you will work directly with Career Services to fill positions and manage your intern(s).

  • Set objectives for the internship.
  • Outline projects and responsibilities.
  • Determine the duration of the appointments, as well as hours and pay scale.
  • Designate a supervisor for intern(s).
  • Create a position description, with help from Career Services aimed at qualified students.
  • Plan workload and assignments designed to challenge interns and benefit the organization.

Events like the campus Career Conference, interview days, Mock Interview Day and Explore Your Possibilities presentations are also essential to Blugold internship programs, and Career Services will help you to position your company or organization in ways to best attract the perfect intern for you.

Internships are a win-win scenario for Phillips-Medisize and UWEC. The student is exposed to real-world manufacturing and medical device applications through analytical work, technical report writing and root cause problem solving. Phillips-Medisize realizes benefits from gaining access to laboratory equipment, evaluating the talent of future graduates and additional resources to tackle challenging problems.

Patrick Kippes, Phillips Medisize Inc.


10 Best Practices for Internship Programs

(Adapted from the National Association of College Employers website)

  1. Provide interns with REAL work assignments — challenging work that is of real value to the organization.
  2. Hold orientations for all involved — get everyone on the same page.
  3. Provide an internship handbook or website — presents answers to FAQs and communicates any “rules” in a welcoming way.
  4. Attach a scholarship to your program if feasible — attract highly qualified applicants who meet scholarship criteria.
  5. Offer flex time or other work time arrangements if necessary — in keeping with their school schedule/lifestyle and goes a long way toward transitioning to the workplace.
  6. Dedicate an internship manager — keeps both sides of the equation focused and on track for mutual success.
  7. Invite Career Services staff to visit work site — build a better working relationship and increase visibility.
  8. Hold “new-hire” chats — allows interns to gain insight into the demographic they most identify with in your company, usually fostering great flows of useful information.
  9. Showcase intern work — provide chances to present their work, benefiting the student and letting entire company see more of the internship program accomplishments.
  10. Conduct exit interviews — a real-time interview by phone or in person with the Career Services team will provide useful feedback for the internship program and can assess the student’s interest in becoming a future hire.