Internships are a key component of professional development and career readiness strategies for many students. Some of our academic programs even require internships to meet degree requirements. While we are hopeful that some level of normalcy will be restored and that some internship opportunities will proceed as planned, we also realize that a great deal of uncertainty remains for both students and employers. Alumni and friends of the University have an incredible opportunity to help students minimize these concerns by participating in the FHU Virtual Internship Program.
Could your organization host a virtual internship for one or more of our talented students? We have skilled students representing a variety of academic disciplines who would not only value the opportunity to learn from the internship experience but who can also add real value to your team or organization. With a little creative thinking, there are many jobs, roles, and projects that a student intern could complete remotely.
Based on the information you provide, our academic advisors will try to match you with eligible student interns.
Your academic advisor will work with you to select and apply for a virtual internship with one of the participating organizations.
Partner with faculty supervisors to deliver engaging internship opportunities to participating students.
Communicate regularly with the intern and faculty supervisor.
Complete performance evaluations upon completion of the internship.
Meet work expectations in a professional manner.
Communicate regularly with the employer and faculty supervisor.
Complete all assignments and assessments.
Are these paid or unpaid internships / Normal pay rates for interns?
Paid internships help attract more qualified students but are not a requirement. The average pay rate for internships is $13/hr., but this amount can vary based on industry and responsibilities. Internships can be paid by the hour or paid as a fixed amount for the internship as a whole.
By filling out this registration form am I committing to hiring an intern?
No. Once you complete the registration form, if there is a student who matches your criteria, you will be contacted by an FHU Internship Advisor to discuss the internship details. If after that conversation you don’t feel you will be able to provide a quality internship experience, you may choose to not hire an intern.
If I fill out the registration form am I guaranteed a student intern?
No. Once your registration form is received, we will match you with a student(s) who meet your criteria. If no student seeking internships meet your criteria, you will be notified.
How long do internships last?
Internships range between 40 hours – 120 hours and are generally spread over an 8-12-week period. Hours and overall duration can be adjusted based on the specific internship opportunity. Most students who elect to complete an internship for course credit will require 120 hours of work.
As an employer how much time is required to track hours, fill out paperwork, etc. for the internship?
At the beginning of the internship, employers are asked to fill out a simple form that lists the overall criteria of the internship and the basic duties the intern will perform. At the end of the internship, the employer fills out a short evaluation form.
How many hours each week do interns work?
Depending on the overall length of the internship, students average 6-12 hours/week over an 8-12-week period. The employer and intern may determine each week the hours will be worked. Hours can fluctuate week to week based on the needs of the employer and the availability of the student intern.
What is the difference between hiring a student to work a summer job and hiring a student intern?
Students hired for a summer job fill a limited role and work a consistent set of hours for the duration of their job. An internship is intended to provide a student with more insight into the inner workings of a business and expose them to several different aspects of how a business operates.
What type of work do virtual interns perform?
Internships are intended to provide students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how a business operates behind the scenes. Part of the experience may include completing specific functions and tasks, while other aspects can involve job shadowing, attending virtual meetings, etc.
Although not an exhaustive list, below are examples of work that can be done by virtual interns in various settings:
Participate in virtual meetings/conference calls
Contacting clients (provide updates, update information, check on client’s wellbeing, answer questions)
Work on new projects in response to COVID 19
Implementing technology for delivery of digital content
Create digital contents for youth and adults
Contact congregation members
Organize virtual retreats
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