Best Practices for Summer Internship Employers: Part 3, Partnering with the Career Services Office
By Ted Bouras and Jeff Wood, Monterey Institute of International Studies This is the first in a series of blogs on language industry internships. Read the other installments in this series:
- Best Practices for Summer Internship Employers: Part I, the Student Response
- Best Practices for Summer Internships: Part II, Internship Best Practices from the Employer’s Perspective
In this third and final installment of their discussion around Internship Experiences, Career and Academic Advisors at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Ted Bouras and Jeff Wood, focus on the professionals who service both students and employers — the Career Services Office. What follows are some best practices gleaned from their observation of this crucial exchange.
Best Practice: CAREER FAIRS
Take advantage of the services and events sponsored by the Career Services Office. The annual MIIS Career Fair is the #1 source for Localization Management students to find full-time, contract and internship employment. Career fairs are an efficient way for employers to meet candidates, conduct interviews, and build their on-campus brand.
Best Practice: ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYER PRESENCE
In addition to career fairs, employers can post open positions, search our database of student resumes, request a free electronic resume book, host information sessions and hold independent interviews on-campus. Information sessions are particularly important for employers who are visiting campus for the first time or returning after a long hiatus. It’s important for these employers to build student awareness of their organizations and their recruiting opportunities. The professionals in the career services office will not only help with the logistics of the visit, they will also provide guidance to employers about the best dates and times to visit, and any relevant student clubs or influential faculty to contact.
Best Practice: VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING
What happens if you’re interested in interviewing on-campus, but unable to leave the office to do so? No problem. Employers routinely schedule Skype interviews through the Career Services Office.
Best Practice: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HIRING
Contrary to popular belief, hiring international students for a U.S. internship is relatively hassle-free. For example, students work with the International Student Advisor at MIIS for guidance, and to remain in compliance with their visa status. It’s an important process, but not a hurdle. Internship authorization can usually be processed in about one week.
Best Practice: BE LEGAL
Familiarize yourself with your country’s labor laws! For example, for-profit companies in the US are required to pay interns.
Best Practice: PAID INTERNSHIPS
Dignify your internship by paying a professional wage. Why?
- Whether this is the law or not, doing so sends a clear message that your organization values the investment students are making in their education. (Typically, students accrue several thousand dollars of debt to attain the knowledge and expertise that will enhance your organization.)
- Paying interns demonstrates that you value their relevant prior professional experience and any newly acquired skills.
- An appropriate salary reduces or eliminates any associated relocation and living costs. A student should not incur expense to come work for your organization. And finally,
- Pay interns because your competition is probably paying them! If you want your internship to be competitive and sought after, you need to keep up with the Joneses or the Salesforce.coms, or the Medialocates!
Unpaid internships send a negative message to students, while paid internships pave the way for rich, positive and harmonious relationships between employers and interns, some of whom may become future employees. Invest wisely and well. Paying interns will greatly boost your campus image among students.
Ted Bouras is the Career and Academic Advisor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with over 20 years of experience in student advising, career education, and administration. Fifteen of those years were spent in MBA career services and program management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico. Ted earned a Master's of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Communications Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jeff Wood is the Career and Academic Advisor for translation and interpretation students/alumni at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jeff has over 41 years of experience in student advising, career education, and nonprofit management. Thirty-nine of those years were spent at the Monterey Institute, Occidental College, UCLA, Williams College and Bennington College. Jeff earned a Master’s degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University-New England (Keene, NH) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Lake Forest College (Illinois).