Career Center
Hiring Interns

Below is some general information about internships development. If you'd like to talk with someone personally about internships for FSU students please contact Career Center at, with any questions. Internships for Ferris State University students can be posted for free on Bulldog CareerLink.

Review the Employer and Internship initiatives and the Employer Internship Toolkit

An internship is:

  • An on-site work experience directly related to career goals and/or field(s) of interest
  • Supervised, emphasizing learning and professional development
  • Evaluative, provides system for feedback and communication
  • Either paid, unpaid, for-credit, not-for-credit

An internship is not:

  • Routine, repetitive tasks unrelated to identified learning goals
  • A job that does not offer career related learning opportunities and experiences
  • Unsupervised, not evaluated experiences
  • An internship is not doing tasks in a workplace but rather learning and growing professionally.

Quick Points:

  • Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments, non-profit groups and organizations.
  • Credit or non-credit internships can be done during the fall, spring and summer
  • An internship can be paid or unpaid. (A volunteer can also be categorized as an unpaid intern.)
  • Student interns have a supervisor on-site with experience in the students' area of interest.

Benefits of an Internship Program:

  • Students offer fresh perspectives beneficial to business
  • Students have a desire to learn and make contributions to business
  • Students are up-to-date on cutting edge concepts and knowledge
  • Internships offer an effective way for companies to locate and train motivated students to fill immediate needs.
  • Internships create a valuable pipeline of talent for a future workforce.
  • Internships allow employers to pre-screen potential employees for ability, habits, interpersonal skills and adaptability before making a full-time offer, and students get to learn about a company before making a commitment.
  • Employers can seamlessly convert interns to full-time employees who can be productive immediately.

Top Ten Tips for Successful Internships:

  1. Plan and Prepare – Successful internships require some upfront planning and preparation time. Define the intern’s role and responsibilities sufficiently ahead of time. Prepare staff members who will interact with the intern.
  2. Orient and Train – Plan and provide at least basic orientation and training.
  3. Supervise – Designate a supervisor who will be available and committed to overseeing the intern.
  4. Include and Enrich – In addition to the fundamental tasks the intern handles, provide other experiences that will enrich the experience, such as sitting in on staff meetings and client presentations.
  5. Challenge and Use – Find out what specialized skills the intern might possess and find a way to use them in a way that challenges the intern and benefits your organization.
  6. Mentor – Arrange opportunities for the intern to benefit from experienced individuals in your organization. For example, help them connect with others in your organization for career information and advice interviews.
  7. Feedback – Provide ongoing performance feedback to the intern. Also, get feedback FROM them about their experience.
  8. Follow-up – Contact the College representative (if applicable) if you do not receive intern applicants or have any other concerns.
  9. Support – At the conclusion of the internship, give the student a letter of reference that outlines his/her strengths and accomplishments as an intern. Talk to the student about job search strategies that might help him or her break into your field.
  10. Have Fun – College students can bring a breath of fresh air to a workplace. Enjoy your time with them!!