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Greenberg, Seronick, O'Leary & Partners
Houghton Mifflin & Co.
Jerome Press Publications
The Boston Globe
The Boston Pheonix
Appalacian Mountain Club Magazine
The Horn Book
Harvard Common Press
Teen Voices Magazine
Office of The Attorney General
The Bostonian Society
Museum of Fine Arts
Leary & Co.
Bishoff Soloman Communications
BAA: The Boston Marathon
WGBH Two Collection
Star 93.7 FM
Greater Boston Radio Group
CBS Radio & TV
New England News Network
Over The Moon Productions
Brookline Access Television
Mass Teacher's Association
Books By Design, Inc.
Arts in Progress
Museum of Science
A.E. Schwartz & Associates
Cape Cod Potato Chips
Schneider & Associates
The sponsoring organization makes a commitment to the student and the program to provide a supportive and stimulating environment. The organization benefits from the perspective, expertise and enthusiasm of soon-to graduate, highly motivated, well educated communicators. The students are given clear guidance, support as well as intellectual and personal challenges by the Internship Program Director and other Communications faculty.
Why are internships important?
Students benefit from partnership, teachers and employers who can create learning opportunities that expose young people to the skills, experience, and attitudes essential to succeed in today's professional setting.
What are the benefits of work-based learning?
In return for knowledge and the opportunity to use it interns are able to provide their employers with skilled work, and a passion to learn. Employers can also enjoy a more positive public image by clearly investing in education and our future, an expanded pool of applicants with reduced training costs, and meet civic responsibilities by playing a visible role in partnering with schools and students.
How can the employer ensure confidentiality?
Employers should provide the same confidentiality training for interns that they provide regular employees. Interns may be required to sign nondisclosure statements, if applicable.
What liability issues arise with internships?
Students participating in paid internships must be covered under the employer's workers' compensation insurance and liability policy. Students in unpaid internships who are earning academic credit, are usually covered by their school's policies. Some employers will cover unpaid students under their company's general liability insurance. Liability usually is concerned with injury or damage to property.
How long does an internship last?
The internship usually lasts a full semester (14-15 wks), but may continue for a longer period of time if it benefits both the intern and the employer.
Will the intern get paid for the internship?
Many internships are paid positions, but they do not have to be.
Do internships result in permanent job hires?
An internship provides an opportunity for employers to recruit permanent job hires to meet organizational needs. It is not a commitment on the part of the employer to hire.
What can the intern do when your staff has limited time to supervise?
You can establish with your intern some projects from the outset of the internship which the intern can complete on an ongoing basis with little supervision.
What if the intern does not meet your expectations? Can an intern be terminated?
If an intern does not meet your expectations regarding skill level or ability to work on particular projects, you should shift the intern to work more appropriate for her skills. See if training resources could be provided to increase the intern's knowledge. If the intern is not capable of the job you envisioned, it may be necessary to terminate the internship. It is also possible to terminate the internship if the intern engages in unprofessional conduct or violates any aspect of the internship contract.
What is your role in the development of the internship plan?
The Internship Work plan is not only an academic tool, it is a method for the intern to establish workplace goals and objectives. It is also an opportunity for the employer to establish clear guidelines for supervision and work standards. When your intern presents the draft of the work plan, offer feedback and suggestions. Introduce the intern to your office's measurements of performance. Retain a copy of the work plan.
How do you approach a problem with your intern?
Many interns are experiencing the work-place for the first time and a conversation about inappropriate workplace behaviors is all that is needed to resolve the issue. You should contact the Internship Program Director to discuss any problems that may arise that can not be solved by personnel procedures.
What do you have to evaluate the intern?
There are two Employer Evaluations of Intern forms available on this website. They should be submitted to the Internship Program Director by fax or e-mail. Click here to get to the links. Approximately midway though the internship, the Internship Program Director will request a visit to the site to meet with you and the intern.
What does the site visit consist of?