- Educating and creating awareness of internships: this will comprise of workshops for both faculty and students. Faculty should be encouraged to generate student interest in participating in an internship program. Once students are aware of the opportunities and experiences associated with doing an internship in the private sector, they will be more motivated to partake. Though, the education process must start in the early commencement of students’ university studies. This will allow students the chance work harder at achieving a grade point average acceptable for doing an internship.
Preparing students: by holding pre internship mandatory workshops regularly on training and
advising students on
- Writing a personal statement
- Building a solid resume
- Interview requirements
- Business dress code
- Business etiquette
- Responsibilities and expectations: inform students of their responsibilities and the consequences of not meeting their obligations. Students need to know what to expect when they enter in the work world.
- Allocating objective faculty supervisor: appoint an official university representative who has faculty status and is responsible for the academic oversight of the internship.
- Arranging interviews on campus: ensure suitable scheduling and location for on campus interviews to be conducted. One member from the university coordinators must partake in the interview process with the student and company representative.
- Selection criteria: work with industry to achieve balanced criteria between the students’ skills and the firms’ needs.
- Paperwork: certify that all necessary paperwork is signed correctly.
- Award grade: evaluate performance and award grade based on feedback received from the firm and project completed by the student.