These guidelines are adapted from materials published by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE):
- Carefully monitored and structured work experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he/she is learning throughout the experience.
- Positions that promote academic, career and/or personal development
- Positions that may be paid or unpaid (must comply with FLSA)
- Positions supervised by a full-time professional staff member
- Volunteer positions with for-profit organizations.
- Positions involving payment for participation as a research subject.
- Positions that are commission only.
- Positions performed in private homes (i.e. childcare, gardening, housekeeping, etc.)
- Positions obtained from temporary agencies or third-party recruiters.
- Multi-level marketing opportunities.
- Positions that require any investment by the student, for instance, having to purchase equipment or products in order to earn a wage or paying for necessary training.
- Ongoing part-time or full-time jobs that do not relate to the student’s career goals
Benefits of hiring a Rider student
- Attract new talent early: Work with and assess enthusiastic, motivated students and potential entry-level employees prior to deciding on hiring them full time. Make your internship program an important component of your overall recruiting strategy.
- Save money: Decrease turnover and reduce costs of training by hiring interns who already know the ropes about your organization.
- Be prepared: Hire necessary staff to help fill in the gaps of your workforce and in turn build students' commitment to your organization
- Market your organization: Generate positive “buzz" about your organization on campus and increase the pool of interested candidates to meet future recruiting needs. Student interns who return to campus can serve as ambassadors for sharing great work experiences with fellow students and faculty.
- Get help: Get assistance from Rider’s Office of Professional Development in designing an internship or coop program best suited to your organization’s recruitment needs.
- Join a network: Become part of an impressive group of employers who understand the benefits of hiring a Rider student.
Tips for creating and implementing a successful internship/coop program
- Create a detailed job description: Describe your organization and outline specific responsibilities and projects aligned with the internship. A robust description will help attract students while also managing expectations.
- Provide constructive work: Count interns as an important and productive fraction of your workforce by giving them meaningful work that allows them to develop professionally.
- Prepare for success: Arrange work “particulars” (workspace, email, parking, etc.) prior to the interns start date and upon beginning the internship offer an introduction or orientation that covers an office tour, introductions to staff, dress code, and other relevant office policies.
- Assign an engaged supervisor: Select a supervisor who is both accessible and excited about managing an intern which includes assigning work duties, establishing performance criteria providing training, answering questions, and offering regular feedback.
- Offer professional development: Invite interns to social events and networking gatherings with full-time employees and other interns.
Useful recruiting strategies
- Contact Rider Office of Career Development and Success: Let us help you create, market and recruit effectively and efficiently.
- Determine your selection criteria: Make the selection and hiring process for interns the same as for full-time hires. Consider factors including GPA, demonstrated written or quantitative skills, academic major, and/or specialized skills like foreign language fluency.
- Solicit qualified applicants: Utilize Rider’s online employment management system to post internships/coops, conduct on-campus interviews, attend a Career Fair or take part in a program or event.
- Build Rider relationships. Target student leaders, clubs, faculty, administrators, and unique populations, including diverse students, students with disabilities, student athletes, and international students.