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Sample Internships

The following internship samples will assist you with strategies for attracting viable candidates to your internship opportunities. The information below is considered standard for any type of internship description, as presented in our Internship Description Guide.

Components of an Effective Internship Description

1. Profile

Provide a brief overview of your organization, including details such as mission statement, services provided, target population and organizational structure. Provide insight on the specific culture of your business. Borrow from the “About Us” section of your website if necessary. Presenting a well-rounded profile will help attract applicants with goals and initiatives similar to your own.

2. Intern's Title

Select an appropriate internship title, based on the functional area of the position. A meaningful title will give the intern an identity within your organization.

3. Functional Area

Each functional area of your business may incorporate specialized roles. Be specific when describing the internship.

4. Main Project Responsibilities (80 percent of internship)

Describe the main project in which the student intern will be involved. Include goals, objectives and deliverables. Outline your plan for supervision and collaboration. To whom will the intern report? How often will the intern receive feedback? Is the internship focused more on independent work or work within a team setting? How will you measure success?

5. Support or Administrative Responsibilities (maximum 20 percent of internship)

Describe any supplemental work required by the intern; not to exceed 30 percent of their time overall.

6. Desired Skills and Knowledge

Present this information in three parts:

  • Level of education - BS, MBA, MS, plus any desired certifications and concentration area(s)
  • Technical skills - computer skills, software, languages, databases, accuracy, attention to detail
  • Soft skills - listening, interpersonal, written communication, public speaking/presentation, confidence, flexibility

7. Learning Objectives

Describe the “big picture” of knowledge the student will attain once the internship is completed. For example, will he/she acquire knowledge of human resource policies, knowledge of financial markets or become familiar with software packages? This section should be directly correlated with the main project responsibilities description.

Areas of learning related to leadership development include results orientation, self-management, adaptability, team leadership, communication, interpersonal, problem solving, decision making, global and diversity mindset, strategic thinking and integrity.

8. Logistics

How many hours is the intern expected to work? Is the intern’s schedule flexible? Is travel involved?

9. Compensation

Unpaid internships must be posted as "Academic Credit Required."

Paid internships communicate the value your organization places on the intern and often generate a more diverse pool of applicants.

  • Graduate students: average $15-$20 per hour (and higher)
  • Undergraduate students: average $10-$15 per hour
  • If pay is contingent on relevant skills and experience, state that by saying, “Level of compensation is variable but will be equitable given the applicant's experience and knowledge.”