ABLE For Employers
Employer Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Internship?
business students are required to complete an Applied Business
Learning Experience as a part of their undergraduate degree.
is an on-site learning experience
in a work setting that is related to a student’s particular
major and personal interests.
Students receiving credit for their
internship experience will need to work at least 10 hours per week for
10 weeks during the semester, a minimum of 100 hours, of on-site
work experience which must
be completed at the same time students are working on-site
with an employer.
Occasionally, supervising faculty
or the ABLE staff may request to visit an intern's work-site and
meet with the intern's immediate site supervisor. On-site visits
help increase the quality of the ABLE program, help staff and faculty
understand the changing needs of our business partners, and may help
increase the productivity of the student intern.
For more information about employer requirements for an
Who are the student interns?
Interns that are a
part of the ABLE Internship program will be students at least in their
These students will have decided upon a business
major and are pursuing the
appropriate coursework to complete their academic degree. Majors
in the Perdue School of Business are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems,
International Business, Management, and Marketing.
Some students will have previous work experience and others will
not. Previous work experience is not a requirement for program
enrollment. The purpose of the program is to provide work
experience within a particular field of study to the student.
This program is designed to help the student transfer
academic skills to real world experiences.
information about student interns,
Will this program work for my company?
Each company is unique and each internship is different. The
internship can include routine operations, special projects or a
combination of both. To be sure your internship
experience will be successful, you should do a little planning before
your intern arrives. Determine what you need and what you can
reasonably expect from a student intern. Examples
of how an intern can help are the creation of customer surveys, customer
service audits, policy and procedure manuals, updating of operating
procedures, research or current systems available, cost analysis,
feasibility studies, or other tasks or projects related to a business
major. You will also need to provide any necessary physical
accommodations for students entering your workplace, such as a
workstation and or access to a computer.
For more information about what is required from
an employer during an internship,
When can I get an intern for my company?
ABLE Interns are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students are to begin their internships within the first 2 weeks of
the semester. Internships for credit generally occur during one of
- September through mid-December (Fall)
- Late January through mid-May (Spring)
- Late May through August (Summer)
Students may agree to perform
internship duties outside of these time periods but only internship
hours completed during the recognized fall, spring, and summer
semesters will count toward the student's internship credit
A student and an employer negotiate the exact start and finish
dates around the company's needs and the student's schedule.
The student intern's work schedule should be decided when the
company and the student sign the ABLE Internship Credit
The ABLE Internship Program does not place students in
internships and therefore cannot guarantee an intern is available when
one is requested. ABLE affiliate companies and associated internships will be
advertised within the Perdue School of Business using the Career
on-line postings. Other options for providing additional
advertising of internships to students may be available upon request.
For more information about additional advertising, contact the ABLE
information on how to register an internship with the ABLE Program,
What is the process for getting an intern?
Companies requesting an intern need to submit a completed intern
request form to the ABLE office. When requesting an intern please
be as specific as possible about your internship position. Once
company internship opportunities are posted:
Students apply directly to your organization with a cover letter,
if requested, and resume.
Companies contact students directly
to schedule an interview
and to select the best candidate.
Once you have made an offer directly to the
student and the student has accepted, contact
other candidates to inform them of your selection. This is
important so students are not waiting on an internship that will not
Do I pay a student for an internship?
An internship can be paid
or unpaid. The decision to pay or not pay an intern belongs to the
company offering the position but keep in mind, while
students are strongly advised not to accept an internship based solely
on whether or not it is paid, students do have many
expenses and may sometimes gravitate toward paid internships.
Students receive credit for an internship without regard to an
employer's decision to pay or to not pay an intern.
For more information on developing
What's involved in evaluating my intern?
As an internship site supervisor you will
be asked to assist faculty with monitoring the student's internship
experience by completing two student intern evaluation forms, a mid-term
evaluation and a final evaluation. Evaluations are used to
identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses for student
self-evaluation and self-correction. They are also
incorporated into a student's final grade.
For more information on
how to evaluate your student interns and definitions related to the
student evaluation forms,