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GV Internship Program Specifics

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You’ll find that Grand View’s program is flexible enough to meet a variety of business requirements and cultures.

Partnership and Support. To ensure meaningful collaboration between the employer sponsor and Grand View University, you will be connected with a faculty advisor responsible for oversight of the student participating in the internship experience. As the internship is solidified, a Grand View faculty advisor will supply you with department-appropriate guidelines, as well as documentation (liability release waiver and memorandum of understanding) required of all internship/experiential learning opportunities offered to Grand View students pursuing academic credit for the experience. When your intern begins work, you'll receive from the student an employer packet that includes all the paperwork you need, including an evaluation form.

Time Commitment. To receive credit for an internship, Grand View students must work at the internship a minimum of 25 contact hours per academic credit hour earned. Various departments have differing time requirements. This minimum is established for academic credit requirements, and many employers require well above this minimum for their internship opportunity.  Depending on the student’s schedule – and yours – the required hours can be compressed into a short span for completion of a project or spread over several months. A more substantial time commitment can be agreed to between you and the intern.

Compensation. Grand View awards academic credit for both paid and unpaid internships. Our expectation is that our employer partners adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines found here which govern paid and unpaid internships.  Additionally, the university encourages you to consider a paid position, because your employees and colleagues may attach more value to a paid intern, therefore creating a richer and more productive work experience. It also goes without saying that most college students appreciate the income, and some must pass up unpaid internships in favor of paid work - out of necessity. 

Meaningful Work and Supervision.  In order for your company and the intern to get the most out of the internship, we ask you to consider carefully the nature of the work you would assign to an intern. A single project from which the intern will apply and learn skills, taking some initiative as well as direction, is one option. A position in which an intern will be systematically exposed to a variety of disciplines, departments and tasks is another option. Regardless of the work, interns need capable supervision – mentors who can monitor their work, give constructive feedback and knowledgeably complete their evaluations. We can assist you with the mentoring process and evaluation.

To learn more or for questions, please contact:
Susie Stearns
Director of the Career Center
sstearns@grandview.edu
515-263-2955

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