A "Quick Start" Guide to Starting andGrowing a Co-op or Internship Program

Click on the graphic below to view this guide which is based on independent research conducted by Aaron Bradley and Cindy Damschroder. They are faculty members at the University of Cincinnati.

Aaron-Cindy Best Practices

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How to Do Internships the Right Way

"Internships are not meant to be free help. They are not meant to replace an employee. And they shouldn't be used for free work," according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Read more about how to do internships the right way.

15 Best Practices for Internship Programs

Excerpted from Building a Premier Internship Program: A Practical Guide for Employers

Best Practice #1: Provide interns with real work assignments

Providing interns with real work is number one to ensuring your program's success. Interns should be doing work related to their major, that is challenging, that is recognized by the organization as valuable, and that fills the entire work term. Read more about 15 Best Practices for Internship Programs (PDF).

How Much Should You Pay an Intern?

Many employers pay their interns. But how do you calculate a fair wage? And should you include benefits? Read more about How Much Should You Pay an Intern (PDF).

Tips for Employers Providing References to Students

If a student who has done an internship with your organization asks to use your name as a reference for a job application, read more about how Employers should Provide References to Students (PDF).

Social Media in Your Recruiting Program

More and more students and new college graduates are using social media as a job-search tool, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' 2012 Student Survey. And employers are advised to use social media to connect with students "because that's where they are." Read more at Social Media in Your Recruiting Program (PDF).