Welcome and congratulations on your
decision to work with a URI intern! We are delighted you are exploring
the possibility of serving as a professional mentor to our students.
Your experiences and expertise are extremely valuable to the professional
development of our interns. Your participation affords our students
the opportunity for personal and professional growth. It is an experience
which our students value, and do not take lightly. In fact, we are pleased
to say that our student interns have been commended for their diligence,
work ethic, and professionalism. We are confident that you will find
them an impressive addition to your agency.
This page contains useful information
to help you determine if the URI Internship Program meets your agency's
needs. Please take a moment to review the content and learn more about
working with the students of the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE)..
Designing a Successful
Your role as the internship supervisor
serves as a critical component in helping to assure the experience is
beneficial to the student and worthy of college credit. Our primary
concern is providing our students with professional learning experiences.
The internship employer must supply significant opportunities for development,
learning & networking. In order to do this we ask that you:
- Provide hands on learning
experience that combines practical application, observation, professional
opportunities, and mentorship.
- Assist the students to
gain real world experience while at the same time applying theory and
lessons learned in the classroom.
- In order to meet URI’s
academic standards, each intern must create and fulfill professional
learning objectives. Your intern will create and review their objectives
with you within the first 2 weeks of the internship. We ask that you
provide feedback on the appropriateness of the objective and assist
the student in exploring additional and/or different goals if necessary.
We also ask that you continue to provide feedback and support the student
throughout the semester while they obtain their goals. Please refer
to the “Supervisor Brochure” for further
information about this assignment.
- To provide the intern with adequate
supervision in a reasonably safe environment with the necessary
tools and equipment to perform the intended service.
- To meet regularly with the student and provide feedback regarding their performance.
- In addition to providing
regular feedback, you will also receive an electronic midterm and final
evaluation which can be viewed by following the links below.
How can your agency
benefit from working with a URI intern?
- Our students are upper-class
students who have completed a minimum of 2 years of coursework and have
a strong academic foundation.
- Our internship is not a
requirement for any student; as a result you have the opportunity to
work with highly motivated pre-professionals.
- More and more agencies are
viewing interns as a valuable & cost effective approach for recruiting
- The results of National
Association of Colleges and Employer’s (NACE) 2008 Experiential
Education Survey show that emphasis on hiring from the intern program
is growing. “Employers reported that nearly 36 percent of the new
college graduates they hired from the Class of 2007 came from their
own internship programs, up from 30 percent from the Class of 2005”.
- In addition, “Nearly 90
percent of employers who use their programs to hire say they are very
or extremely satisfied with their interns, and employers consistently
name the internship program as one of the most effective tools they
have for hiring new college graduates,”
Required Hours and
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|Credits Student Earns
Credits Earned &
- All students through the
URI Internship Program receive 6-12 academic credits for their internship field
experience. Students are also required to enroll in a 3 credit internship
seminar offered on the Kingston campus and online through Sakai. While
we do not require the agency to pay the student intern if the agency has the means to do so, it is appreciated
but not a condition of the internship experience. For additional information on paid vs. non paid interns- please visit www.internships.com select "employers" then select "intern manual" and create a membership.
- The Department of Labor
holds that if all six of the following conditions are met, the student
is not considered an employee and not entitled to at least minimum wage
- The training, even though
it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar
to that which would be given in a vocational school.
- The training is for the
benefit of the trainees.
- The trainees do not displace
regular employees, but work under close observation.
- The employer that provides
the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the
trainees, and on occasion his operations may actually be impeded.
- The trainees are not necessarily
entitled to a job at the completion of the training period.
- The employer and the trainees
understand that the trainees are not entitled to wages for the time
Preparing for your
- Upon arrival please provide
the student with an introduction to your organization, including the
structure, polices (both formal & informal), dress code, and agency
mission, clientele and confidentiality issues.
Orient the intern to their new work environment and safety issues.
- Become familiar with the
legal implications of hiring an intern.
- Determine what time and
when you will be available during the week for your intern to access
- Consider responsibilities
that are career related, challenging, and realistic for your intern
to complete. Also consider the necessary resources the student will
need to do the job successfully.
Opportunities with the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE)/How do I get started?
URI Career Services provides RhodyNet,
a software system which allows employers to post free job/internship
opportunities as well as career/job fair information and registration,
on-campus interview schedule request and management and a University
student/alumni search function. All employers can now post their own
positions easily by logging in through the Career Services main homepage.
- Go to http://career.uri.edu (or click the RhodyNet link below) and click
on the Employer part of the RhodyNet login oval in the upper
left corner of the page.
- To create an account for
your organization, select "Click here to Register" (under
the login boxes), complete contact information, and then post the job.
Be sure to complete all mandatory fields (indicated with an *).
- After a quick approval
from Career Services, your position will be live on the site. You can also
view and register for job fairs under the Career Events tab and add
a job under the "Jobs" tab.
- Once you select your intern,
we work cooperatively with you to finalize the internship and support
their work performance and learning outcomes throughout the experience.
- It is our goal to recruit
and refer students to the internship opportunities listed on RhodyNet.
However, due to the elective nature of the program (internships are
not mandatory), the Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. cannot guarantee students for any particular
- In addition, if you chose
to select a specific student and would prefer not to post on RhodyNet
you can bypass the Rhodynet process and complete the supervisor paperwork found in the links below.
For more in-depth
content on each of these topics please refer to the
“Supervisor Brochure” below.
Want an intern?/ New Supervisor
Supervisor Midterm Evaluation Form
Supervisor Final Evaluation Form
For any questions, concerns, and/or
assistance please contact Kim Washor at email@example.com or 401-874-4777