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.
can provide fresh perspectives, help complete special projects and are motivated
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 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
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
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. At Sowela Technical Community College, you can interview a student in Graphic Art, Culinary Arts, or Criminal Justice by contacting Dr. Charles Stewart at email@example.com. You can interview a student in Computer Technology (Programming or Networking), Accounting, or Office Sytems by contacting Debbie LeJeune at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can interview a student in Process Technology or Aviation by contacting David LaFargue at email@example.com.
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.