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Why Internships?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Students gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; employers have the opportunity to guide, train, and evaluate talent.

Internships may be:

  • Two to nine months in duration
  • A part-time or full-time commitment
  • Paid or unpaid opportunities
  • Connected or not connected to an educational program with academic credit

How do University of Richmond interns help my organization?

  • Build a talent pipeline
  • Evaluate the quality of candidates
  • Improve retention rates
  • Are cost-effective
  • Raise the profile of your organization to potential employees
  • Help your organization stay competitive in the marketplace

How can I obtain support for internships in my organization?

  • Ensure your program is aligned with your organization’s business strategy
  • Engage company leaders who were brought on board through college recruiting and feature their stories
  • Document the value of the program with metrics, such as quality of hire, success rate of hires, if hires are promoted, retention, and overall performance

Adapted from “The Case for College Relations and Recruiting in 2012”