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Do you need help from a qualified individual?  Have a project that goes beyond the typical student worker job duties?  WT's On-Campus Internship Program is designed to encourage new internship opportunities by partnering WT students with on-campus professionals to give students real work experience.

Benefits of Hiring a WTAMU On-Campus Intern

  • Mentor a WT student new to your field
  • Gain innovative ideas from the fresh perspective of an intern
  • Cost effective connection for a real contribution.  For select internships, supplemental funding is available to pay a portion of the student wage to make it competitive and attractive to top-notch students. 
  • Promotes academic, career and personal development for students
  • Recognition for your department

Example On-Campus Internships From Other Schools

Graphic Design Intern *  Corporate Partners Relations Intern *  Museum Intern *  Peer Academic Advisor *  Counseling Center Intern *  Diversity Assistant * Athletic Training Intern * Social Media Intern * Animal Science Intern * Game Day Marketing Intern

Want to Know More?

Click on the Frequently Asked Question links below to learn more and how to get involved.  If you have questions, contact Career Services at (806) 651-2345 or by email, wtcareer@wtamu.edu.
 

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do internships need to be new positions?
Can I apply for funding again if my on-campus internship received funding last year?
What type of position qualifies as an on-campus internship?
If my internship qualifies, how does Career Services promote it across campus?
What if I already have a student in mind?  Do I still need to post the position?
How does the supplemental funding for on-campus internships work?
Are there required activities for employers and students in the on-campus internship program?
If I have never developed an internship before, are there resources available to help?
How do I submit an internship to be considered for the On-Campus Internship Program?

Do internships need to be new positions?
 


Projects may be new or existing, but they must support the mission and vision of the University by providing meaningful learning experiences for students.  Dr. Wendler's Generational Plan, WT 125, is here.

Can I apply for funding again if my on-campus internship received funding last year?


Projects are evaluated on the quality of the internship experience so projects funded last year can apply for funding again. However, a major purpose of the program is to develop new on-campus internship opportunities. Preference will be given to these opportunities. 
 What type of position qualifies as an on-campus internship?
 

Career Services reviews all job descriptions to ensure opportunities meet the criteria for a quality learning experience as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  These criteria are as follows.

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  •  There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  •  There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

If my internship qualifies, how does Career Services promote it across campus?

Once the internship is posted in our Handshake database system, we email all students who qualify along with appropriate faculty.  We encourage faculty to announce in classes or promote to students they feel are a good match. Lastly, we'll promote the opportunity through our social media channels.

What if I already have a student in mind?  Do I still need to post the position?

Yes.  Positions are posted so all qualified students have an opportunity to apply.  Encourage the student you have in mind to apply but you may find a better candidate by widening your search.

How does the supplemental funding for internships work?

We want to help you fund your internship at a competitive level.  All opportunities are evaluated to see if they qualify for supplemental funding to bring the hourly pay rate to a competitive level.  If your internship is selected for funding, your department pays what you have budgeted for the position and we pay an additional portion to bring the wage rate to a competitive level.

Only limited funds are available so every on-campus internship may not receive funding.  A committee reviews applications and makes supplemental funding awards based on opportunities that best meet the NACE guidelines and address the WTAMU mission.

If your internship doesn't receive supplemental funding, Career Services will still promote your opportunity and hopefully, help you find a great student!

Are there required activities for employers and students in the on-campus internship program?


Career Checkpoint is used to assist students with connecting the skills and knowledge acquired in their internship to their future careers.  There are 3 required checkpoint meetings between employers and their interns-- one to set goals, a mid-semester checkpoint and an end-of-semester checkpoint.  The forms for these required meetings along with with other resources are on the Career Checkpoint web page

If I have never developed an internship before, are there resources available to help?

 

A good resource to assist with developing a quality internship is Starting & Maintaining A Quality Internship Program. Download it here.

This booklet helps employers design internship programs that meet their needs by setting appropriate goals, writing out a plan and effectively managing your intern.

The Career Services office is hoping to offer training in the fall for employers and we are always happy to answer any questions and share with you best practices we have seen other employers offer.

How do I submit an internship to be considered for the On-Campus Internship Program?

In addition to using the ideas in Starting & Maintaining A Quality Internship Program, start with these questions.

STEP 1--Designing your Program: Questions to Ask

Foundation

  • What skills and experience will a student intern gain from working with your office?
  • Do you or someone in your department have time to supervise and train an intern?
  • How will you demonstrate a strong commitment to their goals and learning outcomes?
  • What kind of training will you provide the intern?
  • How many hours a week will you expect the intern to be onsite?

Defining the Position

As you think about the structure and foundation of your new internship program, use these questions to help design your internship program even further:

  • Academic Credit: Would you like the intern to earn academic credit?
  • Do you have budget to pay at least minimum wage? You may qualify for supplemental funding through the WT Internship Program; however, you must be able to pay at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour).
  • Academic Majors: What academic majors or areas of study would be a good fit for your internship?
  • Qualifications: What qualifications, skills, and previous experience does an intern need to have to learn best at your site?
  • Site Supervisor: Who will serve as your site supervisor for your intern?

STEP 2--Submit a Job Description and Funding Application Form

Now that you have answered all the tough questions, it is time to complete the Job Description and Funding Application Form.

 

Complete the Job Description and Funding Application Form online
or
download a Word version.


Applications must be submitted to the Career Services office no later than Wednesday, July 31st at 5 p.m.  All applications are reviewed by Career Services and a funding committee.  Funding decisions will be announced as soon as possible.