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INTERNSHIP EMPLOYERS

    Bringing an intern in your organization can be a very rewarding experience. At Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business, we have hundreds of talented and energetic professionals eager for an opportunity to learn in the real-world classroom.

    WHY YOUR COMPANY SHOULD PARTICIPATE

    The following are benefits for organizations sponsoring internships for our students:

    • Access to a pool of high quality professionals who are eager to learn as well as contribute to your organization

    • Short-term support without long-term commitment

    • Cost effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees

    • Source of new ideas and fresh approaches

    • Develop partnership with the College of Business

    WHAT’S EXPECTED OF YOUR COMPANY

    To ensure students gain insight and real-world knowledge from the internship experience, the internship program expects the following from the sponsoring business.

    • Provide substantive and challenging work assignments for students

    • Orient student interns regarding company culture, office procedures, company policies, and specific job duties

    • Provide ongoing, structured supervision by a primary supervisor

    • Establish work schedules which will accommodate the student’s academic responsibilities

    There are certain prerequisites and guidelines students must have in order to receive academic credit for their internship. As an employer, you are required to complete the Learning Contract prior to the start of the internship and provide an evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the internship term.

    Internship Guidelines

    It is our goal is to offer internships that are mainly educational in nature. With this in mind, there is specific criteria that we look for when vetting an internship. These guidelines, provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), ensure internships align with recently enacted federal guidelines.

    Specifically, for an experience to be called an internship, it must meet all of the following criteria: 

    1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.

    2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.

    3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.

    4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.

    5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of experience.

    6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.

    7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

    HOW TO ADVERTISE AN INTERNSHIP

    The College of Business believes it’s important to let the internship search process mimic the job search process. Therefore, we ask employers to post internships to TechLink, the university’s centralized job posting site that links students to potential employers. This is also a great way for employers to form an official recruiting relationship with the university. Posting an internship is free and easy!

    To set up an account with this system and post opportunities, please follow these instructions:

    Creating a TechLink Account:

    • Navigate to the TechLink registration page, accessible here: TechLink for Employers

    • Select the “Register” button located on the right-hand side of the registration page.

    • Complete the Employer Registration form, filling in all required fields. Once you have completed the form, click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.

    • A page will pop up that says, “Thank you for registering with TechLink at Louisiana Tech University! You will receive your username and password through email within one business day.”

    • Login to your account once you receive an email entitled “Welcome to TechLink!,” which contains information about your username and how to create your password.

    • Follow the link in the “Welcome to TechLink!” email to create and confirm your new password.

    Posting Internships on TechLink:

    • Go to TechLink for Employers

    • Enter your username (email) and password, which will bring you to the home page.

    • Click "jobs" on the top menu bar.

    • Click on “Add New” and fill out all of the required fields. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

    • After submitting your internship posting, you will receive an email from the Career Center regarding the approval of the posting.

    By registering with TechLink, you also gain the ability to post full-time jobs, request on-campus interviews, and register for career events.
    If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with TechLink, please contact Jennie Flynn-McKevitt, Coordinator of Employer Relations and Recruitment Services in the Louisiana Tech University Career Center, by phone at 318-257-4336 or via email at jflynn@latech.edu.

    For additional information on internships, please contact:

    Jessica George
    Director of Student Services and Placement
    jgeorge@latech.edu
    318-257-4816
    COBB 102A

    Larry Jarrell
    Director of the Internship Program
    ljarrell@latech.edu
    318-257-4306
    COBB 102C