A successful internship program provides your company with an experienced pool of candidates; full of fresh ideas and excitement; who are familiar with your organizations’ products, services and culture. One of the most popular reasons why employers initiate an internship program is to use the process to “test-drive” job candidates before offering permanent employment. Employers have the ability to examine the interns’ work habits, productivity, and communication skills to determine whether or not those students will be a match for the company. And, of course, the students have ample opportunities to see if the company is a right fit for their career goals.
Employers can benefit from student internships as much as the students themselves. By coordinating efforts with the Mines Career Center and the student, employers can find technically skilled employees to benefit their organization. Internships normally last 8 – 12 weeks, are hands-on, related to the field of study, and of course always paid. These positions do not have associated college credit.
The Cooperative Education experience differs from an internship in that it is more in-depth, requires a minimum of six months of full-time work (or 1040 hours in an academic year), and paid students can submit an extensive report for academic credit. This longer term of employment allows the employer many benefits including the assignment of extended projects with greater responsibility, and the ability to observe the student’s abilities and fit with the team.
Job shadowing is a great opportunity for a win-win situation for many employers and students. These can last anywhere from a half day to two weeks. For the student who younger or taking partial summer classes, he or she can actually shadow a designated engineer, manager or scientist in their field of study, learning about the company, as well as the positions. The company can use this to brand their company, preview the student and determine if their might be a future fit.