Obviously, the biggest beneficiary in any internship program is the student. A taste of the "real world" helps focus students thinking about career choices. The street, however, is not one way. Employers repeatedly express the satisfaction they receive from being able to give something back through participation in the internship program. An added benefit is the opportunity to network with tomorrow's workforce.
What If I've Never Had An Intern Before?
While many of our employer-partners are repeats, new organizations are always welcome. The CMU political science internship program identifies a set of criteria that all interns are required to complete. Employers receive an information packet which provides an overview of these criteria. Also included in the packet is a set of tips outlining ways to make the experience more meaningful for the intern and employer. Employer feedback is sought through an end-of-internship Evaluation Survey. Likewise regular contact is maintained between the internship director and intern; with additional mechanisms provided for employer input.