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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. To help accomplish this goal, we created a new InternConnect Office and updated our process to better serve employers and students.

 

MATC Internship Information

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

Consider these internship statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) 2016 Internship & Co-Op Survey:

  • 73% of 2015-16 interns were offered full-time positions
  • 85% of these offers were accepted

Programs with Required or Optional Internship Courses

Major Course Number Requirements
(152) IT Web and Software Developer

ITDEV-198

Internship

A cooperative training program involving actual work experience.  Students obtain a position at an approved work station and work under the supervision of a teacher-coordinator.

IT Mobile Application Developer

ITDEV-198

Internship

A cooperative training program involving actual work experience.  Students obtain a position at an approved work station and work under the supervision of a teacher-coordinator.

(150) IT Networking

ITNET-198

Network Specialist Internship

Students enrolled in this course complete an internship involving actual work experience.  Students must obtain an approved IT position and work under the supervision of a manager/coordinator. MATC strongly recommends that students complete or enroll in ITNET-134, Connecting Networks (CISCO 4) or have the equivalent skills, prior to enrollment in this course.

(150) IT Information Systems Security Specialist

ITSEC-191

Information Security Internship

A cooperative training program involving actual work experience. You will obtain a position at an approved work station and work under the supervision of a teacher-coordinator. 

(154) IT Support

ITSUP-198

Computer Support Specialist Internship

Students enrolled in this course must obtain an IT internship at a local area employer.  Students will configure and install new software, troubleshoot and solve issues with hardware, OS and applications, networks and virtual setups and configurations.

(104) Marketing

MKTG-175

Marketing Internship 1

This course is a cooperative training program that allows students to observe and apply in a practical manner the principles and techniques of marketing studied in Marketing Management. Students must obtain work in an approved training station.

(104) Marketing

MKTG-176

Marketing Internship 2

This course continues the hands-on training program begun in Marketing Internship 1. Prerequisite: MKTG-175 Marketing Internship 1.

(102) Business Administration

BADM-198

Business Internship

This cooperative training program involves actual work experience. Students obtain a position at an approved work station under the supervision of a teacher-coordinator.  Prerequisite:  Completion of three semesters in the student's field of study and consent of advisor.

(106) Bilingual Office Technology

OFTECH-190

Bilingual Office

Assistant Internship

This course will be a cooperative training program that allows bilingual students to utilize skills and knowledge in an approved business office, under the supervision and guidance of a teacher and a cooperating employer that serves Latinos. It also teaches and improves the customer service skills and the professionalism of the student to develop the necessary skills for success as a customer service provider. Prerequisites: OFTECH-101 Windows and MS Word

(314) Baking & Pastry Arts

BAKING-130

Field Experience in Baking & Pastry Arts

Students work as regular employees in baking and pastry arts. The goal of Field Experience is to give students the opportunity to apply, on the job, the skills learned in the classroom and lab and obtain a broad overview of an entire facility.

(109) Hospitality

HOTEL-130

Internship-Hotel/

Meeting Management

The internship affords students the opportunity to experience employment in an off campus location, while simultaneously having the advantage of being supervised by a program instructor/ coordinator.

(316) Culinary Arts

CULART-107

Field Experience in Food Service/ Hospitality Industry

Students must seek employment in a food service facility. The goal of Field Experience is to give students the opportunity to apply, on the job, the skills learned in the classroom and lab and obtain a broad overview of an entire facility.

(203) Photography

PHOTO-190

Photo Internship

This course is designed to offer the advanced photography student an opportunity to experience "real-life" work situations in the photographic community. Students will share their on-the-job experiences with the class.  Prerequisites: Photo-103 Digital Photography, Photo-121 Commercial Photography, Photo-124 Portraiture, PHOTO-142 Photoshop for Photographers 2.

(701) TV & Video Production

AUDIO-128

Final Project – Field Work

Final Project Independent Study is the students' recording project of their choosing of any of the audio disciplines including in studio multi-track recording, live concert recording, sound for film, gaming or web interactive audio.  From concept to completion, the student will notate, process and journal the details in creating the audio recording.

(504) POLICE

POLICE-144

Law Enforcement Internship 2

This course provides students with the opportunity to observe, identify and possibly assist in law enforcement theory, skills and techniques covering the broad spectrum of law enforcement issues, including problem-solving tools, legal procedures and avenues within the law enforcement community.  All students must submit to a criminal background check, driver's license check and provide medical documentation of fitness signed by a physician prior to participation in this course. Prerequisite: POLICE-900 Introduction to Criminal Justice,

POLICE-901 Constitutional Law, POLICE-902 Criminal Law.

(504) POLICE

POLICE-145

Law Enforcement Internship 2

This course provides students with the opportunity to continue to observe, identify and possibly assist in law enforcement theory, skills and techniques covering the broad spectrum of law enforcement issues, including

Problem-solving tools, legal procedures and avenues within the law enforcement community. Required: 15 credits with a

GPA of 3.0 or better earned within the

MATC Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

Program core classes and with consent of Associate Dean of Protective Services. All students must submit to a criminal background check, driver's license check and provide medical documentation of fitness signed by a physician prior to participation in these training courses.

(520) HUMSVC

HUMSVC-106

Advanced Field Experience

Advanced Field Experience must be taken concurrently with HUMSVC-107, Field Experience Seminar.  Students are assigned to a community human service agency where they work 24 hours per week under the joint supervision of the agency and MATC field supervisors. Advanced Field Experience is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviors essential for human service workers in the professional setting. Students apply the material from their coursework to a real work situation.

Post an internship for MATC students

Internships can be posted at WisconsinTechConnect.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I post an internship opportunity?

It's easy, just post your internship on our WisconsinTechConnect.com website. Be sure to list the Job Type as "Internship &/or Co-op" so our students can easily search for your internship opportunity. 

What is an internship?

An internship is an on-site work experience that is directly related to a major. It is taken for credit as part of an academic program. Some of MATC's academic programs require an internship, while others offer it as elective credits.

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" below.

Will students earn academic credit?

The new InternConnect Office was created to support the assertion of MATC administration that students should receive academic credit and earn a grade for their internship experience. While some academic programs require an internship, others offer elective credits. 

See "Programs with Required or Optional Internship Courses" above.

 

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 obligations?

Employers are asked to:

  • Provide a work/learning environment for students appropriate with their academic preparation. 
  • Complete a mid-semester and end of semester evaluation.
  • Allow for two site visits from the MATC internship faculty member.

General Internship Information

What Is an Internship?

Criteria for an Experience to be Defined as an Internship

To ensure that an experience is eligible to be considered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as an internship, all of 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.  

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.

Criteria for Unpaid Interns

The legal considerations are addressed through six criteria for unpaid interns for the service they provide to "for-profit" private sector employers articulated in the Fair Labor Standards Act, Fact Sheet #71

Essentially, if the six criteria are met, the Department of Labor (DOL) considers there to be no employment relationship. The six criteria established by the DOL are:

  • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the employer's facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school.
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the student.
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
  • The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern. Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded.
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time in the internship.