Arts and Sciences Internship Office
Alexis Lockett-Glover, Internship Coordinator
1103 W. Wisconsin Ave., Office 005
Milwaukee, WI 53233
If you like the idea of mentoring students and providing them with professional guidance, and/or your company is seeking to develop a pipeline of well-qualified, bright, and articulate students, we strongly encourage you to partner with the Arts and Sciences Internship Office.
While internships are invaluable to students' professional development, they can also be very useful for employers. Not convinced? Check out these top benefits of hiring an intern:
Inviting a different perspective
Interns can bring innovative ideas and technology to the organization, providing new solutions to old problems.
Retaining talent locally
One major concern in the business community is a so-called "talent gap" or "brain drain," which results from a growing number of college graduates leaving the state for opportunities elsewhere. Internships help students establish local connections, making these highly-trained and educated future professionals more likely to stay within the state following graduation.
Building a pipeline of future employees
Internships allow you to see potential future employees in action before making a full-time commitment. Additionally, if students have good experiences at your organization, they are likely to tell their friends about the experience, increasing the young talent that wants to work for your organization.
Supporting students in the community
Through internships, students gain experience, develop skills, and assess their interests and abilities. Internships contribute greatly to a student's professional and personal growth which, in turn, enhances the local workforce as a whole.
Improves leadership and supervisory skills of your employees
When employees mentor interns, they develop skills in being effective leaders and supervisors.
How to Establish an Internship Program
If your organization does not already have a well-established internship program, you may be wondering where to start. Check out this guide for establishing a quality internship program.
Employer Guidelines for Hiring Interns
Employers should be aware of certain guidelines regulating the employment of unpaid interns. The Department of Labor has outlined six criteria which must be met when determining whether an internship can legally be classified as unpaid. Check out this fact sheet from the Department of Labor to ensure that your unpaid internships meet all of these requirements. While the fact sheet applies to both for-profit and nonprofit employers, the National Council of Nonprofits has compiled additional information that may be of value for nonprofits who are hiring an intern.
Questions or Concerns?
Unsure whether your unpaid internships meet the proper criteria? Do you have general questions or concerns? If so, we encourage you to contact our office at (414) 288-7059.
Ready to take the next step? Contact our office at (414) 288-7059 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to partner with the Arts and Sciences Internship Office and begin the internship hiring process.