- How do I advertise an available internship at my organization?
- What does LEAP need from me in order to host an intern?
Before advertising an available internship, potential hosts should carefully consider their obligation to the student to provide a valuable in-field learning experience. The United States Department of Labor outlines the following six criteria as a test for unpaid internships:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
First, the organization should create an internship description for each available internship position (there are samples available). Your internship description should include the following information:
- Position Title
- Position Summary (including start and end dates. Please keep in mind the CSU semester schedule)
- Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Qualifications (desired hard and soft skills, software familiarity, education, valid driver’s licence, physical demands, etc.)
- Organization Information:
- Mission and/or general information about what your organization does
- Contact information
- Compensation (pair or unpaid)
- Directions for how to apply, including desired documentation, contact information, and application deadline
Second, post your available internship CSU Career Center Handshake database. Students will be directed to this database to search for available internships. Interested students will contact you for more information, or to apply for your internship opportunity.
- Handshake How-To Guide: https://career.colostate.edu/jobinternship-posting-how-to-guide
- Click on “Employers” and create an account, if necessary. Start by selecting the “Jobs” tab on the left side navigation bar. This will bring up the Jobs Overview page.
- Next, select “New Job” in the upper right hand corner. Once you’ve arrived on the job form fill out the required fields, and select “Create Job” at the end of the form. We encourage you to fill out as many of the fields as possible to ensure the position shows up in as many searches as possible. PLEASE NOTE: Add “ATTN: LEAP Students” at the beginning of the job description. When it is approved for posting by the CSU Career Center, it will be tagged appropriately to show up in LEAP student searches.
- Next, Handshake will ask you to fill in the Job Qualifications to match it up with qualified students. Once you’re finished, hit “Update Qualifications.”
- This will bring you the to job summary page, where you can see all the information you just entered.
- Once you’ve created the job you will see a “Post to Schools” button on the left hand side. Select that dropdown and find the schools you’d like to post to. This will send off a request to the school and you’re all set. (The above is a selection from this help article)
Lastly, email your internship description(s) or Questions to the LEAP staff firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed descriptions will be emailed directly to LEAP students and physically posted on the LEAP bulletin board. Return to Top
What does LEAP need from me in order to host an intern?
The most essential components for a successful internship are a clear, written agreement and a safe work environment. The LEAP Institute for the Arts requests that you send an internship description. Once you have a potential intern, you should both work to complete the LEAP Internship Agreement Form. The completed form is to be returned to the LEAP internship supervisor for approval prior to beginning the internship work. This agreement form will act as a syllabus; each internship is different, each student is different and each host is different which means that the learning objectives for each internship will be unique. Please see our main Internship page for information on how to write effective learning objectives for this document. Completed internship agreements should be returned to the LEAP Internship Coordinator for approval. Approval of the internship agreement will allow the student to register for the appropriate course. Students are responsible to providing ongoing monthly activity reports to CSU internship coordinator in a timely manner. A LEAP Internship Time Sheet is available to assist students in tracking their hours. Lastly, hosts must provide feedback and a written evaluation (to be emailed by CSU internship coordinator to internship host no later than the conclusion of internship hours). An evaluation form is available. Return to Top
- How many hours am I expected to complete?
- How many internships do I need to complete?
- What do I need to turn in?
- Do I need to take the seminar the same semester as the internship?
- How do I find an internship? Will someone help me?
How many hours am I expected to complete?
Graduate students are expected to complete 150 – 200 hours per semester, and undergraduate students are expected to complete 100 – 150 hours per semester. Return to Top
How many internships do I need to complete?
Graduate students must complete two (2) semester long internships and undergraduates must complete one (1) semester long internship. Return to Top
What do I need to turn in?
Before your internship begins, you must turn in a completed internship agreement. You are responsible for sending monthly time sheets to your internship coordinator, and communicating with your host regarding your evaluation (due to the internship coordinator before the end of the semester). Return to Top
Do I need to take the seminar the same semester as the internship?
It is preferred that students register for both at the same time, but it is not necessary to take the internship seminar the same semester as you complete your internship hours. Students who plan to complete their hours a different semester than their seminar must communicate their plans to the internship coordinator ahead of time. Return to Top
How do I find an internship? Will someone help me?
Internships are unique to each student. Your career goals and aspirations will not be the same as another students’. Consequently, it is your responsibility to find an internship that works for you! You can do this in several ways. First, search the CSU Career Center Handshake database. Host companies that connect the LEAP Institute are directed to post their available internships here.
- Click on “Students” and create an account, if necessaryClick on “Jobs” under “Explore” in left-hand menu bar
- Enter “LEAP” in the search box under “Label” (underneath “Location”, “Job Type”, and “Employment Type”)
Handshake is a great tool to become familiar with because not only do employers post internships here, but job opportunities as well! Second, contact companies that you are interested in learning from to see if they have available internships, or would be interested in taking on an intern.