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Steven GauseMy experience in Washington DC was one unparalleled to any other--the life lessons, professional skills, and friends I made in a few short weeks will remain with me forever. The combination of my internships, The Washington Center's events and lectures, my academic course, civic engagement project, and the overall culture of Washington, DC all contributed to me gaining knowledge about much of the world that previously I was not exposed to. Similarly, The Washington Center has also contributed to my personal and professional growth. For this, I am most appreciative. Through hands on learning, I have gained understanding here that could not be taught in any textbook. Because of this, I am now equipped with all the tools I need to be successful and secure the career of my dreams.

—Steven Gause

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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