ABLE For Employers
What is required from employers? How do I get started?
ABLE Program Requirements
As a company participant with
the ABLE Internship Program you will be required to:
Complete the employer portion of the student's online internship
application upon request.
While we do not expect participating
organizations to be fully aware of academic calendars and deadlines, we ask
participating organizations be conscientious in completing the necessary
electronic paperwork (online application) and evaluations as requested by their intern.
Provide students with projects and
assignments that give them real work experience relevant to their major.
The goal of an internship is to give students experiences that will help
them when entering into a professional career.
Assist with evaluating
student's professional performance by completing a mid-semester and final
performance evaluation. Evaluations are online. An email will be sent
to site supervisors both at mid-term and also at the end of the semester. Please complete them promptly. The intern's grade is
effected by the completion of
ABLE students are
evaluated and graded based on meeting or exceeding a series of competencies
that the Perdue School as identified as important to our students'
professional development. These competencies are
built into intern performance evaluations. View these
competencies by CLICKING HERE.
Getting Started - What do I do?
Inventory what you have to offer and develop an internship job description.
Some questions to consider are:
projects can you offer an intern?
your work needs be flexible around a student class schedule?
you offer a least 100 hours of quality work experience?
the internship be paid or unpaid?
will be the internship supervisor?
you have space for the intern to work?
they need a phone?
they need web access?
- Complete the
Request an Intern form
and have the internship opportunity posted in the eRecruiting on-line
database. Note: this is to recruit student interns!
applications and conduct interviews with interested students meeting
your internship requirements.
- Select a student intern.
Once you have made your final selection,
notify students immediately of the internship offer or that the
internship has been filled. It is important to contact
students promptly so they can meet registration deadlines or
find an alternative internship if they are not selected.
- Complete the employer section of the student's
Initiating the online application is the responsibility of
the student intern. However, a student can not register for
the three credit internship course (ABLE) until his/her
application is completed. As you complete the employer
portion, you should negotiate and confirm internship start
dates, finish dates, and hours to be worked each week. The
minimum requirement is 10 hours per week for 10 consecutive
weeks. You may also need to help students with developing
internship goals and objectives.
During the course of the internship, complete
student performance evaluations.
As part of the learning experience for
students, employers are asked to complete two performance
evaluations during the course of an internship. The first
evaluation should occur mid-semester. Employers are asked
to share this evaluation with students to help them identify
their strengths and improve on their weaknesses. Sharing
this information with student mid-semester gives them the
opportunity to self-correct any needed behaviors prior to the
completion of the internship. Employers are also asked to complete a final evaluation at
the end of the internship. This evaluation is included
with other course assignments in the students final grade for
the three credit class. An email will be sent from the ABLE
office with the link needed to complete the student's
evaluation. Each should be
completed promptly in addition to sharing
feedback with student interns.
NOTE: Employers who are sole proprietors or work
from a home-based office are strongly advised against
conducting intern-employer meetings in the home-based
office. The ABLE program recommends employers schedule
meetings with prospective and current interns in public
venues. Office space is available in Perdue Hall upon
request and with advance notice.