Hire an Intern

Local employer Omnitech with intern.

Augustana's partnership with local employer Omnitech resulted in a job for intern Jessica Schmitz '17.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions from employers when they are considering hiring an intern.

Why hire an intern?

  • Create a pipeline of talented future employees.
  • Increase your organization’s productivity during peak periods.
  • Gain additional help on a meaningful project.
  • Discover motivated potential employees or fresh ideas before your competition. Read more from NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) about converting interns to entry-level hires and maintaining ties with former interns.

What is an internship?

  • An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.
  • An important element that distinguishes an internship from a part-time job or volunteer position is that an intentional plan is established prior to the start date that includes learning objectives, observations, reflection, evaluation, and assessment.

How many hours do interns work?

  • Students typically work 10 hours a week and earn approximately one credit for every 40 hours worked.
  • The intern must be closely supervised to ensure feedback and guidance throughout the entire length of the internship. 

Do students earn academic credit for their internship?

  • If students elect to earn credit for their experience, they will work closely with their academic department to identify and assess learning objectives for the position. Although the Student Success Center advertises opportunities, only faculty have the authority to approve internship experiences. View the form students complete to earn credit for internships

Should our intern be paid?

  • Augustana encourages organizations to pay interns to attract more candidates, ensure equal access and celebrate their contribution. Organizations who are considering unpaid opportunities should review the wage and hour distribution requirements outlined under the Fair Labor Standards Act Internship Facts Sheet. Even if students are earning credit for the experience, organizations must comply with these standards.
  • Students may also apply for scholarships that support their experiential learning. The South Dakota Department of Labor offers funding to qualified employers through Dakota Seeds.

Creating position descriptions for internships

As you begin to draft a position description, please keep in mind that it should include the following: 
  • The task and objectives of the internship
  • The internship title (e.g., social media marketing intern, event planning intern, accounting intern, etc.)
  • The essential functions and activities/projects that will be required of the intern
  • The qualifications, including the skills, education level (e.g., class standing, course requirements, GPA, etc.) and major
  • The length and required number of hours per week for the internship, as well as start/end dates
  • Compensation and benefits (paid or unpaid) 
  • The application process and deadline, as well as who will be the contact for questions related to the description

Contact Us

If you are interested in offering an internship, please contact us. We can review your position description, assist you with posting the opportunity to our online listing, and connect you with qualified applicants. You will then select the intern among the candidate pool and meet with the faculty internship coordinator to finalize the learning contract.
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