Internships are a wonderful way to “Pay it Forward” for Houston business owners. Not only will you have the opportunity to engage a bright young student to work in your business, you’ll be in a position to learn along side your new friend. As a first year professor at the Bauer College of Business at University of Houston, I’ve come to believe that the internship program is a win-win opportunity. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if you want to have a conversation.
Houston Employer’s Guide to Hiring an Intern
If you are seeking interns and are interested in posting a position with the Bauer College of Business at University of Houston, please review the sample internship job postings and register in the Bauer Career Gateway system.
What Qualifies As An Internship?
The Department of Labor (DOL), has set forth specific criteria in regards to paid and non-paid internships. In order to determine if an internship may be unpaid, the following six (6) criteria must be met:
— The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
— The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
— The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
— The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
— The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
— The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
If all of the factors above are met, an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the intern.
Requirements for RCC Internships
–Position allows students to gain professional work experience that is specific to their major or career path
–Pursue an opportunity that is academic in nature and/ or credit-worthy
–Detailed job description that includes specific duties, daily tasks and projects, and provides guidance with a desired outcome
–Work for at least a semester with the same employer, either full or part-time
–Provides an assigned direct supervisor and allows the student to get involved with managers, board meetings, committees, etc.
–Understand the mundane and necessary parts of any position (such as making copies, faxing, etc.) while not having those as the main functions of the Internship
–Produce deliverables upon completion of the Internship, such as a paper, presentation, etc.
–No more than twelve (12) percent of the intern’s duties may be spent on tasks such as cold-calling
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General Benefits for Hiring Interns
Not every business is the same and not every internship will be the same. My State Farm agency has very different needs than my brother’s online business. Here are a few general benefits for hiring an intern to work in your home-office or online business.
Top 10 most common benefits of an internship program:
–Reduce recruiting costs
–Complete project work
–Increase your organization’s productivity
–Access to new technology, trends, expertise, and campus resources
–Test a potential employee before making a commitment to hire
–Bring fresh, innovative ideas to your company
–Assistance during peak periods through the year
–Staff can get experience in management by working with an intern
–Source of diverse employees
Top 10 most common types of internships:
–Online and email marketing
–Research (grant, market, trends)
–Programming (web and application)
–IT support (desktop)
–Sales support/customer service
Since internships often work around students’ schedules, it’s helpful to know the semesters by month and hours a week you can expect from them during this period:
- Fall Semester: August to December @ 15-20 hours a week
- Spring Semester: January to May @ 15-20 hours a week
- Summer: May to August @ 20-30 hours a week (more if paid)
To Learn More – Go To Campus2Careers.com
Literally minutes after I posted this article, I received an email from my friend Julie Niehoff at Constant Contact telling me about an event this week in Houston to help connect college interns with local Business Owners. So, I included some of Julie’s info in this post.
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