Employer Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an Internship?

The NDSU Career Center defines internships as career-related, paid work experiences taken for academic credit. Employers hire internship students to achieve company goals by providing work opportunities to students who apply current skills to the position that is offered.

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What are the benefits of hosting an internship student?

Hosting an internship student is a solid recruiting investment. Many of the employers who hire NDSU students for internship experiences consider offering them full-time employment when they graduate.

  • Internship students can work on short-term or specialized projects and free your current staff for other responsibilities.
  • Employers often say that internship students bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to their team. Students also give you a link to the current curricula and advances in your field or industry.
  • Employers can increase workforce diversity by utilizing the Interns.
  • Current employees are allowed to build supervisory skills.
  • Participating in the internship program can increase visibility for your organization, products, and services on the NDSU campus. Employers also create a pipeline for additional candidates and increase retention rate through returning students.
  • Students are provided with real-world experience, creating a smooth transition to full-time employment.

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What Are the Expectations of an Internship Employer?

Employers agree to:

  • Pay the student a wage. The wage must meet or exceed North Dakota minimum wage.
  • Accept qualified students and assign jobs without regard to age, race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or color.
  • Notify the Career Center of any performance issues and/or concerns.
  • Employ the student in a position that provides career-related work experience, while supervising and evaluating his/her work performance.
  • Employ the student under the same working conditions and rules that govern other employees, including worker’s compensation.
  • Notify the Career Center when the student is hired for an internship assignment that was posted on CAREERlink or the applicant was accessed through Career Center resources (such as career fairs).

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What Kinds of Jobs Are Appropriate Internships?

  • Managerial, professional or technical jobs are applicable to internships.
  • We expect students to be treated as pre-professionals, utilizing the skills they are learning in the classroom on internship assignments.

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When Can A Student Work On An Internship?

  • Parallel: Students work part-time with a local employer and still take classes at NDSU.
  • Alternating: Students alternate between attending classes on campus full-time for a semester and working full-time on an internship assignment for a semester.
  • One Semester: Students work on an internship assignment for one semester only.
  • Consecutive: Students work 2 or 3 semesters in a row. Internship assignments may be completed during any semester. Summer semester is a very popular time to do an internship.

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What If We Don’t Have A Formal Internship Program?

  • Many employers do not have a formal or on-going Internship program; rather, they hire one student for one work assignment.
  • If you are reviewing the option of beginning an Internship program, it may be advisable to start by employing one student to determine the level of mentoring needed to make it a successful experience.

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How Do We Get Started?

  • It is very simple to become an internship employer.
  • Develop a job description that details what the intern will be doing in your organization.
  • Determine the salary that will be offered. Contact the Internship Coordinator to discuss salary averages.
  • Log on to CAREERlink to post the position or call (701).231.7111 to begin the hiring process.

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How Do We Make Our Internship Attractive?

  • Write a detailed job description so students have an understanding of the position they are applying to.
  • Pay for the academic credits associated with the experience.
    • Because NDSU students earn credit for internships, they are responsible for the cost of those credits. One of the strongest recruiting tools an employer has is to pay the cost of the internship credits in order to compete for the most sought after students. A number of internship employers make the investment in NDSU students by paying the cost of the credits students earn on the internship.
  • Make sure the salary you are considering is competitive with the prevailing market. Contact the Career Center if you have questions on the average salaries in your industry.
  • Increase visibility on campus through informational meetings and attendance at recruiting events sponsored by NDSU.
  • Consider taking a more liberal view of application requirements. While company application, cover letter, high GPA, transcript, year in school, and academic major can help you in the screening process, requiring all of these things may serve as a barrier to some qualified students who may not apply. The less you restrict application standards, the wider the pool of applicants.
  • Some employers offer benefits beyond salary that may include:
    • Similar benefits offered to full-time employees, such as: assistance in finding housing, a housing allowance, or furnished housing for remote assignments.

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How Do We Post an Internship?

  • Paid Internship Program positions can be approved through our electronic recruiting system, the CAREERlinksystem developed by NACElink.
  • Employers can register “new” or access NDSU CAREERlink here.
    • Once a new or updated employer profile is completed, click on “Jobs” (located at the top of the toolbar).
    • Click on “Add New” and complete the required fields to “Submit” your job(s).
    • You will be notified within one business day by email confirmation once approved.

Note: Employers without access to the Internet may call the Career Center Recruiting Coordinator at (701).231.8464.

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How can my ND Technology company receive funding for a co-op/intern student?

The students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR) program places upper division college students with North Dakota firms to address science and technology issues.

To apply for STTAR support, companies complete a brief form indicating how students will make a contribution to company performance, products, or processes using science and technology. Companies pay at least half of a student’s salary.

For more information please see:

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When Are Staff Available?

  • Staff are available from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer office hours are 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.
  • Call (701).231.7111 to discuss your needs with a staff member.

Additionally, our electronic system, CAREERlink, allows registered employers access to the recruiting activities of the NDSU Career Center 7 days a week, 24 hours a day via the web.

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What is Online Internship Verification?

The NDSU Career Center’s internship registration process is online.

Employers will receive an email from the Internship Coordinator with a link to approve/reject internship registration. You will not need to log into CAREERlink to complete this process.

If you have questions or concerns about this process, contact Sara Van de Streek, Internship Coordinator at (701).231.7237.

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