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  1. Internships: Creating a Win-Win Experience for Everyone

  2. Where do you stand? • Name • Title • Why did you stand where you did? • What do you hope to learn?

  3. What is an internship?

  4. What is an internship? • Structured, supervised • Short-term (usually one term or one year) • Perform tasks/projects to gain practical experience • All levels of education • Traditional and non-traditional students • Community members • Done for college credit or not • Benefits both the intern and the organization

  5. Paid or Unpaid?

  6. Fair Labor Standards Act • Training similar to that found in a vocational school or educational instruction • For the benefit of the intern • Interns do not displace regular employees; they work under supervision of staff • Employer receives no immediate advantage • Interns are not entitled to a job • Intern is not entitled to wages for their time Six requirements for an ethically sound unpaid internship

  7. Good news!There’s an exception for the public sector and non-profits.

  8. Ethical internships

  9. How can interns help you?

  10. Making it a win-win experience • What are the benefits for the intern? • How do learners, staff or the program benefit?

  11. Tips for a successful internship • Plan in advance • Interview for the best candidate • Learn about the intern’s strengths • Be clear about your goals • Incorporate the intern’s goals • Create a work plan together • Check in regularly • Ask for feedback • Celebrate!

  12. Write a position description

  13. Create an internship work plan

  14. Questions, thoughts, suggestions…

  15. What will you take away from today’s conference?

  16. Allison Runchey • arunchey@mnliteracy.org • 651-251-9110