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Internship Information for Employers

We appreciate your vital role in creating these valuable learning opportunities for students, and we want to make recruiting at MATC easy and productive.  InternConnect is here to help facilitate the internship process and further cultivate our employer partnerships.  

WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?

CRITERIA FOR AN EXPERIENCE TO BE DEFINED AS AN INTERNSHIP

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met: 

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework. 
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.  
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. 

If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship.
National Association of Colleges and Employers Position Statement:  US Internships 

Benefits to Hiring an MATC Intern

Find Future Employees

  • An internship program is a year-round recruiting tool. Fall, spring and summer internships help you foster a pipeline to build your workforce.
  • If your organization impresses one class of interns, word will quickly spread. Soon you'll find that the most sought-after student talent is interested in working with you!

Test-Drive the Talent

  • Hiring an intern for a semester or a summer internship is an effective way to evaluate their potential as a full-time employee.
  • Consider an internship as a six- to 12-week job interview.

Increase Productivity

  • Take advantage of short-term support – the extra help provided by an intern can enhance productivity, freeing up more seasoned employees to focus on tasks requiring higher-level expertise.

Enhance Perspective

  • New people bring with them novel perspectives, fresh ideas, and specialized strengths and skills.
  • Interns are enthusiastic, capable and motivated students.

Management Experience for Supervisors/Staff

  • Help develop your professional staff with an opportunity to supervise interns.

Support Students

  • Champion the future of your industry with an internship program. Students gain experience, develop skills, make professional connections and learn about their field through internships.
  • Offering a paid internship creates an opportunity that can be pursued by a broad group of students; unpaid internships may exclude students who can't afford to work without pay.

Company name recognition and increased visibility on campus

  • Promote brand awareness

Paid vs. Unpaid Internship?

Internships for credit must run through the academic semester in coordination with the intern's class schedule. MATC strongly encourages paid internships.

Since students must pay tuition for an internship for credit, it is often more difficult to fill unpaid internship openings. In these cases, many employers offer a stipend to cover the cost of the internship credit.

Providing a paid internship also may increase the number of applications you receive for the position, and it would be an incentive for those students who have to maintain a part-time job to help cover their expenses. Ultimately, the employer determines whether an internship is paid or unpaid.

Department of Labor Criteria for Unpaid Interns 

National Association of Colleges and Employers Position Statement:  US Internships 

EMPLOYER EXPECTATIONS

Credit-Bearing Internships Overseen by Faculty

  • Provide a variety of progressive training experiences for the intern that align with program criteria
  • Allow site visit from the MATC internship faculty member and communication to check student progress
  • Complete an end-of-semester evaluation

Post an internship for MATC students

Post your internships on Handshake

Visit Employer Resources for step-by-step directions on creating your account.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I post an internship opportunity?

It's easy! Post your internship on Handshake!  Be sure to select “Internship” as the Job Type so our students can easily search for your internship opportunity.

What is an internship?

An internship is a professional learning experience designed to enhance skills and increase knowledge related to a student’s career interest or field of study.  Some programs have an internship credit requirement while others do not.  Students may participate in internships simply to gain professional skills and experience.

What are the benefits of having an intern?
  • Highly motivated students
  • Quality work
  • Cost-effective staffing
  • Development of your organization's managerial talent
  • Visibility on the MATC campus

Do interns get paid?

Yes. Just as with regular employees, intern rates can vary depending upon experience, major and position. We recommend that interns earn 75% of the full-time rate for business, and 75% to 100% of the full-time rate for technical positions. Students on campus earn $11 to $15 per hour, depending on the position.

See “Paid vs. Unpaid Internships."

 

When are students available to intern?

Students are available to intern throughout the year. Courses run fall, spring and summer.

 Semester

Recruit

Work

Fall

April - September

September – December

Spring

September - January

January – May

Summer

January - June

June – August

 

What are the employer’s expectations?

Credit-Bearing Internships Overseen by Faculty

  • Provide a variety of progressive training experiences for the intern that align with program criteria
  • Allow site visit from the MATC internship faculty member and communication to check student progress
  • Complete an end-of-semester evaluation