As a faculty member, you are crucial to the success of Academic Internship Program at Bellevue College. There are a number of ways you can get involved:
Invite the Internship Coordinator to promote internships in your classroom
The Internship Coordinator can visit your classroom to promote internship opportunities. She will take 10-15 minutes to describe the Academic Internship Program, share a few current internship opportunities with students, and answer any questions. She can also share valuable job-market information and job-search advice.
Serve on our Faculty Committee for Internships and Career Connections
The Center for Career Connections has an active Faculty Committee that meets twice quarterly to advise the Academic Internship Program and Center for Career Connections staff on issues relating to internships. The committee is comprised of interested and involved faculty who are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for students.
The committee assists in curriculum development, creation of internships, linking academic disciplines, and promoting internships on campus. If you would like to learn more or join, please contact the Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggest an internship site
If you know of a company that might be interested in hosting an intern, please let us know so we can contact them to get the process in motion. It is very easy for employers to host an intern, and we are happy to explain our program to them.
Sponsor or create an internship
You may want to consider hosting your own (paid or unpaid) internship in your department. Many departments on campus have taken advantage of this excellent opportunity to utilize student skills and knowledge. Or, you could sponsor an internship by working closely with an employer and the Internship Coordinator to develop a job description, identify potential candidates, and mentor the chosen student during the internship.
We can help. The Center for Career Connections can:
- Articulate the benefits of an internship to both students and employers, which we have learned about from working with countless employers to develop internships
- Inform you of the Bellevue College policies and legal requirements regarding the hiring of an intern
- Provide marketing materials to attract both employers and students
- Offer the student liability insurance
- Provide the student with a scholarship to pay for the internship course tuition
For more information about sponsoring or developing an internship, you can read the "Employers" section of this web site or contact us at x2279.
Become a Faculty Mentor
And, of course, you could become a Faculty Mentor. This is an excellent opportunity to:
- Work one-on-one with a student
- In some cases, share in one of a student’s first professional experiences
- Receive feedback about how the student used information from their coursework
- Gain the perspective of both a student and an employer
We’re always looking for faculty members who are interested in supporting our student interns.
If you are interested in being a Faculty Mentor, please contact the Internship Coordinator at email@example.com.