The School of Business and Economics Internship Expo started in spring 2018 and is an opportunity for students to share their experiences with peers and the community. After a semester or summer of hard work, we are able to celebrate their accomplishments and see what our students are doing. Follow #UWSPsbeinterns on LinkedIn
Our upper-level students are well-prepared and hard-working. You can “test out” an intern’s ability and work ethic before making a formal offer. Your organization will also get increased visibility by partnering with SBE.
Students usually sign up for internship credits over the summer. Having a position posted by early March allows for you to recruit and interview potential students. However, some students prefer a part-time option during the school year. Bottom line: you can hire an intern to match your business needs.
Many students are available full-time in the summer. However, if the student is willing to work full-time during the school year, he or she can enroll in the equivalent of 12 credits to maintain full-time student status. We can work this through internship credits and independent study credits. For part-time positions students will often need to work around their classes but often are available for 15-20 hours per week.
Aside from normal training for a new employee, all the student intern needs is a simple performance evaluation at the end of the internship. Most employers use their standard performance form.
SBE majors can complete a three-credit elective while working in an internship. The student does the paperwork for this course and you do not have any additional work. Most students find that working in an internship while earning credits increases the value of the work experience and helps them connect their courses to the workplace.
Most for-profit businesses are required by law to provide some form of compensation. Your business may qualify for reimbursement of internship wages paid to students who qualify for UWSP’s Pointers Connect Internship Program.
We have had great success with our students in volunteer settings. These positions need to allow the students to apply his or her course of study to the workplace. Your non-profit organization may qualify for reimbursement of internship wages paid to students who qualify for our Pointers Connect Internship Program. The Anderson Classroom to Career Center also provides a limited number of scholarships to students who complete internships at non-profit organizations. Contact our Internship Director, Prof. Ricardo Boeing at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
While we can get the word out about your opportunity to our students, we do not match students to employers.
The employer doesn’t need to do anything differently. The international student would need to apply for a CPT (Curricular Practical Training) or OPT(Optional Practical Training) through the university to work as an intern. There is no employer cost associated with hiring an international student as an intern, other than compensation.
International students could take internships with CPT starting from their second academic year until before graduation. Or international students could take internships with OPT within 12 months (36 months for Science, Technology, Math and Engineering students) from their graduation.