We have been fortunate to have many local business participate in hosting interns for our business students, and would like to continue to cultivate these relationships.

Employers may experience the following benefits of internships:

  • Student interns can offer a fresh perspective to help generate new and innovative ideas for your business.
  • Experience with current technology.
  • Flexible, low-risk, staffing options to help with short-term projects or other work assignments.
  • Opportunities to mentor an emerging professional, and give back to the community.
The following information outlines some general information about internships and how to get your business involved in our program.
Click here to submit an Application of Interest in hosting a business intern.
This form will gather information about your business needs and contact information so that we may follow up with you. This form does not commit you to anything.

What are the employer responsibilities?
  • Employ the student for one semester, interim period, summer session, or any combination agreed upon between the employer and the Internship Coordinator.
    • Meet with the Internship Coordinated as needed to establish expectations and set goals.
  • Provide for adequate supervision of the student’s work.
  • See that the student work experience has definite educational value.
  • Consult the Internship Coordinator promptly about any difficulties arising on the work site.
  • Participate in evaluating the performance of the student. This evaluation may be used to determine the student’s grade.
    • Contribute to the Learning Agreement document at the onset of the internship.
    • Complete the Supervisor Evaluation form at completion of the internship.
    • Sign off on student time sheets to document hours worked.

What kinds of work should a student participate in as part of an internship?

  • The student should have hands-on work with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • The work should enhance the employer’s productivity and not be solely job shadowing or observation.
  • Professional level work assignments.
  • The work tasks should relate to the student’s program of study. An employer mentor should be utilized whenever possible to provide guidance to the student intern.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid. However, legally, unpaid internships must be part of a training program and not consist of work that would otherwise be done by a regular employee.

What conditions apply to the internship?
  • In order to be eligible for placement under this agreement, students will:
    • Be enrolled in a curriculum leading to a degree and pursuing a major field of study related to the internship for which they are being considered.
    • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.
    • Register for Internship credit(s) with their respective academic department.
    • Be able to meet medical or security requirements of the employer.
  • A student’s internship position may be terminated for any of the following reasons:
    • Unsatisfactory work performance at work site.
    • Suspension, withdrawal, or expulsion from the University.
    • Failure to maintain academic standards.
    • Inability of the employer for administrative reasons to retain the student at the job.
  • The student agrees that this internship position is primarily an educational experience and all responsibilities of the employer will terminate completely at the end of this experience including any and all present or future employee benefits.
  • The student is not entitled to unemployment compensation after completion of an Internship as the position is a temporary assignment which is not covered under most unemployment compensation laws.

Office Information

Department Chair: Dr. Jeff Moser
Office Phone: 701-845-7523
Office Location: Vangstad 116
Email: jeffrey.moser@vcsu.edu
Assistant: LaDonna Anderson
Office Phone: 701-845-7521
Office Location: Vangstad 117
Email: ladonna.anderson@vcsu.edu

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