Frequently Asked Questions

When are interns available and how long do internships last?

Student interns are available year round. It is always helpful to post your internship as far in advance as possible in order for us to inform students and faculty about your opening. During the summer, some students want a full-time internship and some are looking for a part-time opportunity.

During the school year, students tend to be busier and have various responsibilities competing for their time. Many companies understand this and offer part-time internships with flexible schedules to fit their busy lives. The length of the internship is entirely dependent on your business needs, but it needs to include at least 100 work hours.

Do I have to pay my intern?

An intern can be paid or unpaid. However, since many students at Bellevue College are paying for all or part of their college expenses, meaningful internships that provide a stipend or hourly wage are highly sought after. Hourly wages vary by industry. We’re happy to discuss standard wages for your industry. If you cannot pay an hourly wage, you may consider offering a one-time or monthly stipend to help offset the intern’s time and travel expenses.

What are my responsibilities as an internship employer?

  • Require/verify that the student registers for credit through the Bellevue College Academic Internship Program. Click here to see how this can protect your business. Getting the intern registered will require that you complete a Training Agreement form, which is not a binding legal contract; it is simply a way to ensure that you, the intern, and the college all have a shared understanding of what will happen.
  • Supervise the intern and provide meaningful and challenging work related to the student’s area of study.
  • Ensure that internship duties match the description in the internship announcement and on the Training Agreement form.
  • Provide a safe, equal opportunity workplace that is free of sexual harassment
  • Contact the Bellevue College Internship Coordinator at any time during the internship if problems arise or the internship is terminated early: internships@bellevuecollege.edu or (425) 564-2279.
  • Complete a brief evaluation form at the end of the student’s internship (This does not impact the student’s grade).

What are some characteristics of a quality internship?

  • Provide substantive and challenging work experience for students.
  • Plan ahead to provide opportunities for interns to apply principles learned in and outside the classroom. Consider organizing your internship(s) around a specific goal or project.
  • Orient student interns regarding company culture, office procedures, company policies, and specific job duties.
  • Provide on-going, structured supervision by a primary supervisor (weekly preferred); opportunities for feedback; adequate opportunities for students to ask questions; and possibly a mentoring relationship.
  • Allow student interns to observe professionals in action (participate in staff and client meetings, attend presentations, and talk with professionals in the department about their jobs and career paths).
  • Identify and develop specific skills (i.e. research, writing, computer, presentation skills).
  • Provide evaluation of overall experience; provide closure through recognition of intern contributions, reflection on learning experiences, wrap-up on-going projects; provide follow-up if necessary (letters of recommendation, networking, etc.).
  • Offer professional development opportunities (presentations to upper management, informational interviews with upper managers, brown bag lunch seminars).

How does a student receive academic credit for an internship?

Employers do not award academic credit or issue a letter grade. The student will register for a class called Academic Internship Experience (EXPRL 191). They can receive 2-5 credits, depending on the total number of hours worked (100 hours minimum). Click here to see how requiring that the intern registers for credit can protect your business. The student pays a fee that provides liability insurance while they are interning.

The course structure is very flexible and the timing can adapt to meet your needs. We ask that you complete a Training Agreement before the intern begins work and an Employer Evaluation at the end of the internship.

What are the responsibilities of the intern?

As a student in the internship course, the intern will be expected to complete several academic assignments. If you would like further detail, you can view the Course Syllabus.

At the end of the internship, please take a moment to complete the Employer Evaluation form and sign the intern’s timesheet to verify the number of internship hours completed.

Questions?

We have developed a program designed to be flexible and responsive to the business community. If your questions are not answered here, please contact the Bellevue College Internship Coordinator at internships@bellevuecollege.edu or (425) 564-2279.

Last Updated August 3, 2015