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Smith & NephewSmith & Nephew Orthopaedics is a global medical device company that develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of joint replacement, fracture fixation, and deformity correction products. The purpose of the Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Research Internship and Co-op Program is to provide opportunities for engineering students to work with industry prior to entering the workforce full time. Engineering interns learn valuable skills by applying their education to industry projects. The Company gains additional help for critical projects and the opportunity to evaluate firsthand potential future job candidates. To view available positions and apply online, visit the Orthopaedic Research careers heading at www.smith-nephew.com.

—Smith & Nephew

Developing an Internship Program

Why should I offer internships?

Sponsoring an intern can...

  • Bring fresh ideas, talents and skills to your organization
  • Identify prospective employees to meet future staffing needs
  • Provide cost-effective recruitment and training
  • Enhance community/university relationships
  • Provide staff for special projects
  • Build a solid future for the local and regional community

How do I recruit interns?

  • There are several avenues for recruiting interns. The first step is to develop a description for your intern's role.
  • This posting will be sent to our eRecruiting network as well as appropriate academic departments.

What types of activities are appropriate for internships?

  • Planning and Implementing Special Projects
  • Developing Reports
  • Conducting Research
  • Marketing
  • Website Construction/Maintenance
  • Social Networking

Should internships provide academic credit for the intern?

  • With an approved learning contract, students may elect to receive academic credit for an internship experience.

Should internships provide monetary compensation for the intern?

  • Monetary compensation for internships varies with the discipline. For example, students in nursing and education typically receive no monetary compensation. Students in business and engineering typically receive monetary compensation which may vary within the particular field in the discipline.

How should I plan for a successful internship experience?

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