Information for Employers:
should I participate in Shawnee State's internship program?
There are many reasons why you should hire an intern from Shawnee
State University. First, students who participate in the academic
internship program are working with a faculty supervisor and are
registered for academic credit as part of this experience. This
means that they are not only accountable to you, but also to our
faculty for their work.
In addition to this increased accountability, you will be working
with students who are developing an excellent foundation based on
advanced, broad-based education and practical experience.
These students are the workforce, and possibly your workforce, of
Finally, you will be providing a wonderful experience to our
students. As you know, the classroom is just part of the
education necessary for success in the real world. The
practical learning of an internship will give our students a great
advantage as they pursue their career interests.
What are my responsibilities if I accept a student intern?
As the employer of an intern, we ask that you provide a safe,
educational, "real life" work experience for our students. Students
will be earning academic credit for these experiences, so they
should be substantive. Interns should not be used only for clerical
support or errand running. Students should be given the opportunity
to experience work in your business similar to that of other full time employees.
Most departments also ask that you provide some form of evaluation
of the student's performance so that they can apply a grade to the
internship credit. Evaluations can be in different forms depending on
the intern's academic department. For example, you may receive
periodic phone calls from the intern's faculty advisor. Or you may
be asked to submit an end-of-the-term evaluation or letter that
could be placed in the student's portfolio or used as a letter of
Are student internships paid?
While we hope that you can provide some financial compensation for
interns in your business, this is not a requirement. Our primary
goal is to find opportunities for students to gain experience, meet
professionals in the field and earn academic credit. You do not have
to reveal your internship compensation; however the salary or hourly
wages can be used to attract applicants for your internship.
How do I set up an internship?
If you already know the chairperson or faculty member in your area of
interest, you may contact them. Otherwise,
fill out the following form:
For more Information, contact:
Dr. Jeff Bauer, Interim Associate Provost
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Phone (740) 351-3421
Mr. Steve Gregory, Director
Office of Career Services
Phone (740) 351-3259