Internships

An Internship is a program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.  

It complements a formal education and provides real-world experience. 

For companies, it reduces recruiting costs, provides increased access to diverse candidates.  

Interns can provide fresh perspectives, help complete special projects and are motivated workers.

In a work setting, interns can assist experienced employees, complete short-term assignments, assist during business peak seasons, and serve as technical assistance on research or project teams.

In order to create the best environment for an intern, make sure that their assignments are structured and stimulating and that have adequate supervision.  It is best to align their assignments with their educational curriculum.  Make sure to have a written agreement at the start of their assignment that states the terms of their internship.

There are two types of internships: paid and unpaid.  These days, many internship positions are paid, but if you want to see if your internship position could or should be unpaid, consider the following:

  • The internship must be similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
  • The internship experience benefits the intern.
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  • The employer derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may be impeded.
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  • The employer and intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for time spent in the internship.
  • Unpaid internships in the public sector and non-profit charitable organizations are generally permissible.
Many of our regional educational institutions can help our organization fill internships.

At Delta Tech, they offer unpaid interns as long as their duties fulfill part of the student's curriculum.  They are in the fields of accounting, administrative, business management, dental assistance, information technology, legal assistance, medical assistance, and phlebotomy.  If you are interested in interviewing a Delta Tech student for an internship, contact Michelle Edwards, Dean of Academics, at michelle@deltatech.edu.

At McNeese State University, they offer both paid and unpaid interns.  Fields of study include Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Biology and Health Sciences, Chemical Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics, Education Professions, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, English and Foreign Languages, General and Basic Studies, Graduate Education Programs, Graduate Studies, Health and Human Performance, History, Management, Marketing, and Business Administration, Mass Communications, Mathematical Sciences, Nursing, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences and Visual Arts.  If you are interested in interviewing a McNeese student for an internship, fill out their online request form at www.mcneese.edu/internships/employer and/or contact Mary Kaye Eason at internships@mcneese.edu.

At Sowela Technical Community College, you can interview a student in Graphic Art, Culinary Arts, or Criminal Justice by contacting Dr. Charles Stewart at charles.stewart@sowela.edu.  You can interview a student in Computer Technology (Programming or Networking), Accounting, or Office Sytems by contacting Debbie LeJeune at debbie.lejeune@sowela.edu.  You can interview a student in Process Technology or Aviation by contacting David LaFargue at david.lafargue@sowela.edu.

For more information, check out the Department of Laborís Wage & Hour Division webpage at www.wagehour.dol.gov or give them a call at 866-487-9243.


   

 

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