EDWARDS CAREERS

Creating an Internship

Plan a Successful Experience | Internship Development Tips | How to Hire/Participate

If you have never hired an MBA Intern before, it is important to know that this is an academic program. The experience for the student must be challenging and business-related. Remember:

  • Create career-related work assignments that provide valuable learning experiences
  • Develop job descriptions that outline qualifications and tasks

Plan a Successful Experience!

If you are interested in creating an internship opportunity:

  • Develop a description of the type of work or project an MBA Intern could complete (Check out the type of work our MBA Interns can do)
  • Determine the type of MBA student you are looking for and for what length (one four month work term or both)
  • Discuss with your staff supervision and possible mentoring roles that will be required for the MBA Intern
  • Create career-related work assignments that provide valuable learning experiences
  • Develop job descriptions that outline qualifications and tasks

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Internship Tips

If you have never developed an internship position before, here are some tips to help you design one.

  1. Present the concept of an intern to key decision makers in your company to secure ‘buy-in’. If requested, Career Services can make a preliminary on-site visit to meet with decision makers to promote the program and answer questions.

  2. Assign an organizational representative to facilitate implementation and to act as a liaison between your company and Edwards Career Services.

  3. Identify the link between your hiring needs and our program specializations. For example, if your company is considering launching a new product line, consider developing an Intern position for an MBA student. You can hire more than one student.

  4. Establish a budget for salaried positions based on prevailing average wages as identified by labour market conditions. In most cases, this will be at or above the average market wage. We recommend a salary in the range of $18-20/hr plus benefits.

  5. Determine the key skills required and develop a position profile that provides a meaningful learning experience.

  6. Plan assignments, prepare a workstation, and inform all staff as you normally would when welcoming a new employee.

Source: CAFCE Co-operative Education Manual

Now lets look at How to Hire / Participate in the MBA Internship

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