How We Prepare Interns to Work for You
First of all, the School of Management (SOM) at Rhode Island College thanks you for your interest in and support of our Internship Program. By providing internship opportunities to our students, you enhance their learning – they see, first-hand, the critical connection between what they learn in their academic classroom and its relevance and application in “the real world.”
Internship opportunities have proven to be fruitful for both students and employers. Students gain new knowledge, work experience in their chosen field, and an opportunity to build their career skills and networks; while employers gain access to talented, hard-working and loyal workers – the majority of whom remain in Rhode Island after graduation. We require our interns to take an internship preparatory class for three academic credits. The course is designed to maximize their learning experience and their productivity while working for your organization. Topic areas include:
- Leveraging your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses
- Extroversion vs. Introversion
- Understanding the “corporate culture”
- Developing a professional report
Selecting an Intern
You may select interns from six fields of study in the SOM. These Bachelor of Science programs are Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management and Marketing. The SOM typically provides employers with the resumes of recommended intern candidates no later than the second week of the semester. These candidates are selected based upon the internship director having met with the candidates to discuss their goals, backgrounds and interests. Conversely, candidates may approach the employer directly. Should this happen, employers are encouraged to contact the internship director for discussion and questions. Most students referred for internships will have completed at least the introductory course in their major field of study.
The students will have to do 120 hours of work during the 14 week semester at the place of internship and also attend a class at the college every other week. Internships are offered three times a year every Fall, Spring and Summer.
The Value of Paid Internships
Employers are not required to compensate students financially. However since many of our students hold part time or full time jobs to support their education, paid internships – or at least partially paid (i.e. a stipend, project by project, etc.) – have a significant impact on the availability of our best students and their singular focus on producing high-quality work for you!
What We Expect from the Employer
The process of matching an intern to an employer begins with your providing a job description for each of the positions you would want our interns to fill! To help you in this process, we have attached an
Experience tells us that the most successful internships which allow the student to apply his/her academic education in a “real world” setting follow these guidelines:
- 120 hours of meaningful, professional organization work during an academic semester (or two summer terms) supervised and supported by a mentor
- The assigned mentor/supervisor has adequate knowledge, skills and abilities – and the personality – required to educate and guide
- Intern typically gets exposure to and work experience in several major facets of the company operations – unless the internship is considered “high specialized” e.g. the accounting student whose internship is running during tax season, or the CIS student working on a system installation, etc.
- As far as possible, there is an initial orientation/training period for the intern
- There is periodic communication between the employer supervisor and the internship director at RIC to ensure cooperative mentoring to the intern
- There is specific performance feedback to the intern from both mentors regarding his/her performance on a regular basis.