Employer Internship Information

Why hire an intern?

Student internships are a unique form of experiential learning which integrate classroom study with paid, planned, and supervised opportunities in the public and private sectors. Students work side-by-side with qualified employers to apply current theory and concepts to real-life business operations. This cost-effective, high quality, and engaged employee base allows your company to foster positive relationships with the university community when students serve as representatives on campus. Through the internship program, Career Services can assist you with recruiting future employees and creating internship opportunities. If you are looking to hire permanently, interns give you the option to use actual job performance as a basis for permanent hiring decisions while assisting UAA faculty in keeping UAA curricula up to date with the industry.
Read the article by the National Association of Colleges & Employers titled "15 Best Practices for Internship Programs" for more insight into establishing a successful internship program.

How do I hire an intern?

Qualified employers are allowed to recruit on our Job Database, College Central Network and advertise on campus using flyers, career fairs, and individualized recruiting plans. Contact Career Services if you have any questions at (907)786-4513 or by email at uaa_career@uaa.alaska.edu.

What are the requirements for eligible participation in an internship?

Businesses wishing to offer internships must meet employment requirements set forth by the University of Alaska Anchorage Career Services Center. Businesses are also required to meet and uphold state and federal employment laws. To further discuss these requirements please contact the Career Services Internship & Experiential Learning Coordinator.

Once an intern has been hired, we ask that employers complete a midway and final evaluation to be submitted as part of the student's coursework and a 15-20 minute conference call with the Internship Coordinator and UAA faculty member to assess the student's progress. All other requirements will be completed by the student. The average time commitment for an employer, apart from supervising the student and mentoring them in the field, is approximately one hour total.  

Are internships limited to semester periods?

The Career Services Center's internships may begin any time during the year and are not limited to the academic calendar in progress. International and graduating students may ask that the internship be on the semester schedule to meet federal and graduating requirements.

How many hours is an intern allowed to work?

Students participating in an internship must meet certain hourly requirements in order to receive academic credit. For every one credit a student must have 75 hours of internship experience; the average internship is three credits for a minimum of 225 hours. During the fall and spring semester, students may only count a maximum of 20 hours per week towards their hourly requirements while school is in session. The average, 3-credit internship lasts approximately fifteen weeks during the school year. Students in summer internships may count up to 40 hours per week.

Employer Internship Information:

The Employer Internship Packet contains a additional information, employment requirements, responsibilities, obligations, and a web guide to assist employers in posting positions on our website for students to view and apply for.  

How you will be helping a student:

  • Allows students to test classroom learning in the laboratory of the real world
  • Enables students to pay for a significant portion of their college expenses through earnings of their internship position
  • Improves job prospects after graduation by giving students valuable work experience
  • Builds work history for a great resume
  • Determines strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop work skills and knowledge of your industry
  • Network with potential employers and future co-workers
  • Gain tangible experience in a student's field of study
  • Improve student's professional confidence
  • Possibly secure a position in a student's career field upon graduation
  • Decide if this area is the right career for the student