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||Saint Martin's University
School of Business
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Lacey, WA 98503
Frequently Asked Questions
A Internship objectives
B Internship structure
C Responsibilities of the intern
D Responsibilities of the program coordinator
E Responsibilities of the academic advisor
F Responsibilities of the employer.
A. Internship objectives. The
internship program offers student interns an opportunity to:
1. apply academic knowledge under supervised hands-on field conditions.
2. become better prepared to successfully enter the work force.
3. survey and understand the work environment, its demands and
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B. Internship structure. The
internship team; the employer, faculty advisor and program coordinator:
1. agree on both realistic learning objectives and the means to achieve
2. realize that intern objectives must be attainable within the work hours
requested and within the academic period.
3. assure compensation is not a consideration in determining the intern's
performance and final grade.
4. provide input to determine the student's final grade.
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C. Responsibilities of the intern.
Interns are responsible for:
1. applying for and obtaining internship program approval (including
academic course registration) no later than the last day of the term
2.initiating contact with the internship program coordinator and their
3. initiating employer contact and obtaining an employment contract
4. negotiating contract terms, such as work schedules, job descriptions,
that support attainment of stated learning goals and objectives (apply
academic subjects in the working environment) and where appropriate,
5. assuring, where employment already exists, internship objectives will
expand current work assignments to higher levels of performance and
6. completing internship contract terms, including completion of
employment work at a rate of 50 on-the-job work hours per credit
7. submitting (due no later than two weeks prior to the end of the current
academic period) a typed five to eight page double spaced scholarly
paper (the scope and subject to be approved by your academic advisor)
which will include, but not limited to:
a) discussing the degree to which original intern objectives were
b) addressing how you accomplished your objectives.
c) identifying major lessons learned through the internship experience.
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D. Responsibilities of the program
coordinator. The internship coordinator will:
1. act as the initial program contact point, consulting with the interns
regarding intern objectives, requirements, processes and procedures.
2. contact the employer regarding the intern's progress toward achieving
stated internship objectives. This may include a telephone interview or
scheduling a short (30 minute) meeting between the employer, intern and
3. administer necessary program/intern paperwork to assure timely program
completion and grade assignment.
4. post current job opportunities as they are presented to the department.
5. initiate post program employer evaluation letters and forms requesting
intern evaluation and hours worked certification.
6. consult with academic supervisor regarding employer work assessment,
intern academic papers and other factors used for intern program grades.
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E. Responsibilities of the academic
advisor. The intern's academic advisor will:
1. meet with intern applicants to review and approve proposed academic
2. approve the final internship paper scope and subject matter.
3. consult with the program coordinator regarding intern work issues and
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F. Responsibilities of the employer.
The employer agrees to:
1. develop an internship position description and assign
duties/responsibilities that offer interns an opportunity to expand
their current academic understanding and provide a challenging work
2. evaluate the intern's on-the-job performance in achieving established
internship goals and objectives.
3. evaluate how the university has prepared the intern for the work
4. confirm the number of hours per week to be worked.
5. document intern completion of at least 50 hours of on-the-job work for
each credit requested.
6. participate in a telephone interview or short (30 minute) meeting at
the end of the internship to review intern performance.
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