Internship Questions and Answers
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Q: What exactly is an internship
A: Internships are educational programs that allow students to gain
practical work experience and academic credit at the same time. These
are supervised programs of work and study which involve students working
in government, community service, or business settings applying skills
and knowledge obtained in the course of their studies. The typical
intern works ten to twenty hours per week.
Q: Are interns paid?
A: It is not a requirement that interns be paid. However, many of our
students provide at least some of their own support and do not feel able
to donate their time. Therefore, an unpaid internship is more difficult
to fill, and is attractive only if there are clear non-monetary
Q: What is a typical rate of compensation?
A: The range of pay is indeed very broad. Some internships pay
around $6 per hour. The median pay is about $8.50 per hour. Some
internships pay $12 per hour or more when the intern possesses skills
and abilities that the sponsor highly values.
Q: What kinds of organizations sponsor interns?
A: All kinds. We regularly place interns with the largest employers in
Wicomico County as well as with organizations in which the intern is the
only employee aside from the owner.
Q: How should my request be an intern submitted?
A: Ideally you would submit your internship documents
(determined by the employer). Typically a resume, cover letter,
list of references, etc. should suffice.
Q: Who should I contact for more information:
A: Contact the prospective employer or the academic department that is