Posting an Internship
Posting Internships with BC
Please Note: Our internship program requires students to register for credit. Some students may not be inclined to register for credit if it isn’t needed for their particular degree. But we would like to ask for your support in ensuring that they do register. Many employers require it. Here are the reasons why:
- When an intern registers for credit through us, part of the class fee covers liability insurance. If the intern causes any damage while on the job, the liability insurance will kick in. We have a scholarship that pays for the class tuition, so there is usually no or little cost to the student to register.
- We have found that interns have a better, more productive experience when they register for credit because they’re completing assignments that help them think about what they’re doing, how it relates to their career path, how it relates to what they’ve learned in the classroom, etc. These assignments are not difficult and require a very minimal time commitment.
- We ask interns to establish three goals at the beginning of the internship. Feedback has shown that when interns share that assignment with their employer, it almost always leads to a very useful conversation about what the experience will and will not include. By far, the biggest problem of internships is that interns often have expectations that don’t match those of the employer. We want to make sure the student’s expectations match your expectations.
- Interns who are registered for credit are often more reliable because they are being held accountable by you (the employer) and by us (the college). They are therefore less likely to leave the internship unexpectedly.
- They are also assigned a Faculty Mentor here at the college who is available as a resource during their internship. The mentor can answer specific industry-related questions, give advice, etc. They read the student’s assignments and give feedback. So interns essentially have two people supervising them on the Bellevue College end (the Internship Coordinator and the Faculty Mentor).
How to Post a Position
Visit the Center for Career Connections web site at http://bellevuecollege.edu/careers/connect.html for information about posting a job or internship. After you have posted the position, we will review it (within 24 hours) before it becomes available for students to view. If we have not placed an intern with you in the past, we will call you to discuss the position and make sure it meets Bellevue College Academic Internship Program requirements.
TIP: If you're looking for an intern with previous knowledge and skills, be specific about what they need to know. If you say that you're looking for a junior or senior, many Bellevue College students will think they aren't eligible. However, the BC student population is very diverse. Many of our "freshmen" and "sophomores" have previous professional / work / life experience and are often more qualified than a traditional college freshman or sophomore. Some already have a Bachelor's or Master's degree!
After the Position Has Been Posted
Once the position has been approved, we will begin marketing it to our students and alumni. Applicants are required to meet with the Internship Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 564-2279) before applying for an internship. The Internship Coordinator will discuss the Academic Internship Program with the student and make sure that he/she understands what is required and expected of them. They will submit their applications (resume and whatever else you require) to the Internship Coordinator, and she will forward the materials to you. You may contact the student directly if you wish to schedule an interview. If you offer the student an internship, please make sure they register for credit.
Tips for Effective Internship Postings
- When indicating the Job Function, please select only one or two functions. When a position is classified with ten different job functions, students tend to see the posting as spam.
- An intern can be paid or unpaid. However, since many students at Bellevue College are paying for all or part of their college expenses, meaningful internships that provide a stipend or hourly wage are highly sought after.
- When you post a paid internship but are not sure of the pay range, simply state "To Be Determined" (TBD) or "Depends on Experience" (DOE) in the Compensation Amount box.
- Be descriptive about your company or organization so that students understand what you do or what service you provide. Be clear about what makes your department, company, or organization unique. An enthusiastic and descriptive posting often will generate more response.
- In order to receive well-qualified applicants, please be specific about the skills you want them to have.
- If you have a project that you will assign to your intern, please be sure to mention that. Project-centered internships are very popular.