Employers

Eligibility
Benefits
Find Interns
Roles
FAQ


Employers May Offer Internships to Students in these FCC Programs:

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Employer Benefits

  • Get help with work tasks
  • Give something back to the community by developing a student for the next generation of your profession
  • Try someone out before considering for future employment
  • Build a partnership with FCC's career programs which educate current and prospective employees; improve courses and degree programs with your feedback

"For the third straight year, employers rated their internship programs as the most effective recruiting method they use for hiring new college graduates." More effective than on-campus recruiting, job fairs, web site job postings, and newspapers. Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

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How Employers Find Interns

Employers identify prospective interns by any or all of these means:

  • Post your internship as a vacancy in FCC's online Career Center
  • Contact the FCC manager of the program of interest to you; ask for this person's name and number via e-mail
  • Send vacancy information to the Internship Education Program Office at jfalibota@frederick.edu
  • Meet with interested students. Employers can visit the FCC campus to meet directly with students in the Recruiter's Corner between the B and C classroom buildings. A date can be reserved just for your company. A counter with two chairs are provided, and we will advertise your visit through on-campus emails, as well as our Online Career Center Calendar. Contact the Internship Program Specialist at 240-629-7841.

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Roles in the FCC Internship Program

Employer

  • Makes interest known in finding interns
  • Determines if internship is paid or unpaid
  • Considers all qualified students
  • Coordinates with the faculty internship advisor about placement, assigned work activities, and learning experiences
  • Signs FCC's Memorandum of Understanding form
  • Provides meaningful work assignments that complement the student's college program
  • Assists student to identify skills and knowledge they should be able to demonstrate by end of the internship
  • Provides student with an orientation to the work setting and tasks
  • Educates student beyond their assigned tasks, including knowledge of the industry, the organization, work processes, and issues affecting the business, such as labor, health, government regulation, and community
  • Evaluates student's performance at least twice -- informally in the middle and formally at the end of the internship
  • Responsible for any personnel matters related to the student's volunteering or paid employment
  • Notifies faculty internship advisor of problems or personnel actions which affect the student
  • Provides safe and healthful working conditions
  • Agrees to hold FCC harmless for any injury, illness, or damages resulting directly or indirectly from the student's internship activities

Student Intern

  • Identifies the organization providing the internship; may be assisted by the program manager
  • Coordinates with the FCC program manager and the employer to identify and write specific work performance and learning objectives
  • Registers for college credit after accepting internship employment
  • Signs FCC's Memorandum of Understanding form
  • Continues enrollment in an approved certificate or degree program at FCC while participating in a college-approved internship
  • Maintains a minimum 2.0 grade point average during internship
  • Writes Weekly Log of Work Activities form each week
  • Demonstrates responsibility, dedication, enthusiasm, and maturity
  • Learns how to do assigned work tasks as well as learns about the organization, its work processes, and the general industry
  • Meets with faculty internship advisor one-third the way into the internship, half-way, and near the close of the experience; and other times as requested or needed
  • Submits final Summary Report and Weekly Logs of Work Activities

Program Manager

  • Determines student's eligibility for an internship
  • Screens and matches qualified students for referral to employers with internship opportunities
  • Provides employers with appropriate information on student applicants, upon written authorization by student
  • Approves student's placement in a specific internship experience
  • Signs FCC's Memorandum of Understanding form
  • Assigns a Faculty Internship Advisor to the student

Faculty Internship Advisor

  • Meets with student intern one-third the way into the internship, half-way, and near the close of the experience; and other times as requested or needed
  • Monitors student's progress in the internship
  • Addresses concerns of student and employer
  • Reviews final Employer's Evaluation, student's Weekly Logs of Work Activities, and student's Summary Report and then determines the student's final grade

Internship Program Coordinator

  • Publicizes and answers questions about FCC's Internship Education Program
  • Sets FCC policy and procedures for the program
  • Evaluates and changes the program based on assessments by employers, students, and faculty
  • Gerald Boyd (240-629-7840) serves as the internship program coordinator
  • Janet Failibota (240-629-7841) serves as the Internship Program Advisor.

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Frequently Asked Questions, by employers
  1. Do I pay an intern or not?
  2. Do I treat the intern as a student or employee?
  3. Who do I contact at FCC if I have a problem?
  4. Am I expected to hire the intern after graduation?
  5. Ask your own question (e-mail the FCC internship program coordinator)

1. Do I pay an intern or not?

The employer decides whether an intern is paid or not. Internships at FCC are considered an integral part of certain college programs, therefore internships are required or offered to students as an educational experience. Students learn by doing and their work should benefit employers. Employers are expected to educate interns beyond usual supervision. Some employers find that offering pay is an enticement to prospective interns.

2. Do I treat the intern as a student or employee?

The answer is both. Employers should expect interns to accept and perform work, work every assigned day, be on time, and follow other requirements of employees. Employers should also expect interns to ask many questions and seek opportunities to learn beyond their assigned duties. For example, employers invite interns to meetings or arrange job shadowing so they can learn about the organization, its work processes, and the general industry.

3. Who do I contact at FCC if I have a problem?

  • Recruiting issues: Contact FCC's Internship Program Advisor at 240-629-7841.

  • Issues pertaining to an intern: Contact the intern's Faculty Advisor, if unknown, contact or FCC's Internship Program Advisor at 240-629-7841.

4. Am I expected to hire the intern after graduation?

Employers have no obligation to hire interns. Your primary obligation is to further develop a student's skills and provide opportunities for gaining experience that complement the student's college program. Some employers benefit from internships by being able to evaluate potential employees first-hand. Many interns are of course interested in employment after graduation.

5. Ask your own question (e-mail the FCC internship program coordinator)

Contact Information

Jerry Boyd
Associate Vice President for Learning/ Dean of Academic and Professional Studies
240.629.7840

Janet Falibota
Internship Education
Program Office
240.629.7841