Explore the A, B, C's of Internships at AACC for Employers for tips to connect with the right program staff, hints about best practices, and criteria to become an education partner with AACC to mentor interns. First, click on “Appropriate Contact” to get pointed in the right direction.
Appropriate Contact: Some internship experiences are required for professional credentials in certain industries. AACC programs in those fields have specialized staff to assist employers develop internships that meet specific standards. Identify the appropriate internship coordinator to determine the next step in your journey to host an AACC intern.
Best Practices: If you are starting or refreshing an internship program, please become familiar with current industry best practices.
Criteria and Legal Issues: Employers must satisfy criteria to pursue potential internship creditworthiness eligibility for our students.
Database Registration/Internship Posting: Post your internship opportunity on the AACC Internship Navigator, our online database to facilitate your search for interns.
Express Feedback: Contact the Internship Office if we can be of any further assistance, and to keep us informed of your internship match—especially if you offer your intern employment.
1. For interns in specialized fields, employers are required to work directly with the AACC internship program coordinator at the academic department level for expert support to meet specific industry standards—rather than follow the general alphabetized internship process below. Ask for the internship program coordinator in your profession via the related program’s homepage.
a. Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute
b. Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute
c. Legal Studies Institute
d. School of Health Sciences
e. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
f. TEACH Institute and Parenting Center
2. To recruit interns earning college credit in other majors, the AACC Internship Office is your starting point. Follow the sequential alphabetized process below, and contact us if we may be of any assistance to you in the process.
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1. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Criteria for Defining an Experience as an Internship:
a. 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.
b. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
c. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
d. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
e. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
f. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
g. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
2. Review “Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program” (Messiah College), a free employer internship handbook—especially if you are creating a program.
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Criteria and Legal Issues.
1. All employers must provide Worker’s Compensation to host an AACC intern.
a. This form of protection for injury arising from the workplace is not limited to a conventional “employee.”
b. A participating employer organization is often able to obtain a rider to its existing worker’s compensation policy through its underwriter to cover volunteers.
c. If the student is paid in an employment capacity by the sponsoring organization, then the student may be covered by the organization’s worker’s compensation policy.
2. Home-Based Businesses must be screened prior to approval to participate with AACC’s Internship Program. Here is our Home-Based Business Checklist.
3. Supervise your intern in harmony with AACC’s Work Tenets.
4. Follow US Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act guidelines when deciding intern compensation.
5. Follow all state and federal laws regarding employment and nondiscrimination practices.
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Database Registration/Internship Posting
1. Internship Navigator Registration
a. If you have a designated staff person/office manager who handles recruitment, please coordinate and use the preferred office email address.
b. Register on our customized NACElink-powered match-making database: AACC Internship Navigator.
2. Draft/Submit an Internship Description for Posting
a. Drafting Tips:
i. You may submit multiple internships from your account to attract interns in different academic programs for your workplace needs (e.g, social media marketing and website design are different college programs).
ii. As a resource, AACC’s online searchable catalog reveals skills and knowledge students learn in our programs.
iii. Focus each internship opportunity on an academic major and connect it to a mentoring plan supervised by a qualified professional in that role at your workplace.
b. Submission Process:
i. Log in to the Internship Navigator.
ii. You may post an internship either from the “Shortcuts” menu or the “Internship Opportunities” aqua tab (then select “Add New”). Each option lets you decide the scope of your intern search:
• To recruit students from AACC only, choose: “Create Internship Opportunity” (free);
• To recruit from additional colleges on NACElink: “Post a Job to Multiple Schools” (fee-based).
3. Internship Approval Process.
a. AACC staff will review your internship proposal, and you will receive an email to notify you that the internship description has been approved or declined. Please allow approximately 5 business days for this process; in peak internship cycles, it may take longer to review.
4. Intern Recruitment
a. Students will respond directly to your internship posting.
b. Explore the potential intern match the way you would for a regular hire.
c. Contact the AACC Internship Office if you extend an internship offer to one of our students.
d. Use the Internship Navigator’s features under the “Internship Opportunities” tab to manage, close, or extend a posting.
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1. We value your partnership with AACC and appreciate your interest in preparing our students for the workforce. Contact us to:
a. Gather ideas for your internship program.
b. Ask for help if an issue arises.
c. Share a success story.
d. Inform us of hiring an intern for a regular position.
e. Make suggestions to improve the AACC internship process, or any other related matter.
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Create your AACC Internship Navigator account now, and look for a confirmation email!