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We are glad you selected our students to meet your workforce needs. To get started, register your organization and post your position. Once your registration is approved, you will receive an e-mail indicating your ability to post additional internships and jobs. Please review the frequently asked question links as they contain answers to many of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions - Valencia's Internship Program

  1. Why should I participate in the Internship Program?
  2. How many hours can a student work?
  3. Do I pay an intern?
  4. What is expected of me if I participate in the Internship Program?
  5. What if I want to hire the student at the end of the Internship Program?
  6. How Do I Get an Intern?

 

  1. Why should I participate in the Internship Program?

  2.   Internships give students the opportunity to explore careers, make valuable contacts in an industry, and learn about themselves and the types of jobs that are available. For an employer, it has many significant advantages also:

    • Builds your potential employee pool.
    • Receive additional staff assistance during peak times/special projects, etc.
    • Provides supervision experience for future managers in your company.
    • Mentor a student.

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  3. How many hours can a student work?

  4.    The employer determines how many hours per week it will take to fulfill the duties listed on the Employer Internship Request. This information is shared with the students who meet the internship eligibility criteria and are able to work the requested number of hours. Each student will register for an internship course based on the number of contact hours they will work weekly:

    1 credit = 10 hours per week; total 80 hours per term

    2 credits = 20 hours per week; total 160 hours per term

    3 credits = 30 hours per week; total 240 hours per term

    4 credits = 40 hours per week; total 320 hours per term

    Students may register for up to four credit hours while at Valencia. For example, students may register for a two-credit-hour internship twice. Or, they may opt to register for one four-credit-hour internship course at the end of their term. We encourage students to determine their ability to intern based on their educational objectives and life commitments.

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  5. Do I pay an intern?

  6.    We encourage employers to compensate interns since many community college students must give up another job to complete an internship. In addition, students who register for an internship pay an additional $10 for an internship course. Companies that cannot afford to pay an intern may offer scholarships, stipends or partner with another company. Contact the Internship & Workforce Services Office for creative solutions.

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  7. What is expected of me if I participate in the Internship Program?

  8.  We expect each employer to provide meaningful duties for the student to perform that would enhance the student's understanding of his/her career/program area. In addition, we solicit your feedback about the intern's job performance and our responsiveness to your request. This will help us provide guidance to the student as well as strengthen our program (See Fair Labor Standards Act below).

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Complete the Confirmation Letter for the student(s) selected within the first two weeks of the internship.

    2. Respond to faculty supervisor's request for site visit to evaluate student.

    3. Provide feedback regarding student's learning performance using the Customized Learning Plan (CLP)

    4. Respond to an online survey

    When creating the internship experience, please be mindful of the following criteria established by US Department of Labor  under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)  

    1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;

    2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;

    3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;

    4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

    5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and

    6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

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  9. What if I want to hire the student at the end of the Internship Program?

  10.    Valencia encourages educational opportunities that translate into employment. Internships are no exception. We only ask that employers do so in a manner that would not impede the student's ability to complete their educational program.

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  11. How Do I Get an Intern?

  12.   In three simple steps.

    1. Read and retain a copy of the Memo of Understanding (MOU) terms.
    2. Log into (or create) your account in Navigator.
    3. Post (or create) an internship position. (Once you receive the approval email,you will be able to post additional internships,review resumes, interview candidates (in person), make offers online.)

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