FAQ's-Employers

Mentoring interns

"We are thrilled that this new resource is being developed. The Utah Intern site complements the work that we are engaged in for our University of Utah students. Thank you for your efforts in the creation of Utah Intern."

Stan Inman, director of Career Services, University of Utah

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How can my organization benefit from hosting an intern?

2. What types of tasks should an intern be given?
3. What are the legal issues involved in hosting an intern?
4. How much does it cost to post internships?
5. What types of internships can I post?
6. Do I need to pay interns?
7. Can I post both full-time and part-time positions?
8. How many internships can I post?
9. Am I required to hire an intern for the positions that I post?
10. Where can the internships be?
11. How will I find candidates to fill my internship postings?
12. Can I change my information?
13. What is Utah Intern’s confidentiality policy?
14. Can I put a link on the web site?
15. How long do I need to hire an intern?
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Where can I get more information?

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How can my organization benefit from hosting an intern?
Interns are a great source of future employees. After graduation, up to fifty percent of all interns return to the companies where they interned. In addition, interns provide new talent and are inexpensive, energized workers. For more information, see the document titled “Five Reasons Why Your Business Should Start an Internship Program.”

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What types of tasks should an intern be given?
This is up to each individual company. Try to give them projects that fit in with their course work or emphasis. And try not to turn your intern into a gopher that runs mindless tasks at the office, such as copying or stuffing envelopes. The intern is working for you to obtain professional skills and can contribute hours of thoughtful work. Interns are often accomplished writers and innovative thinkers. You will be surprised at what their college courses have taught them to do.

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What are the legal issues involved in hosting an intern?
Possible legal issues include compensation, confidentiality, the hiring of international students, the terms and conditions of employment, equal opportunity employment, discrimination, and harassment. For more detailed information, please see the document titled “Legal Issues."

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How much does it cost to post internships?
Posting an internship is 100% free with the Utah Intern Program.

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What types of internships can I post?
You can post a variety of job types because students from every major and program seek internships. More than likely, if you’re looking for a certain skill set, someone looking over our large database will have it. Try to post internships that will teach students valuable skills for their profession in the future. If you need help with posting an internship, see “Posting Your Internship.”

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Do I need to pay interns?
No, you don’t need to pay them. You can post both paid and non-paid internships. But if you offer compensation, you will attract more applicants and will have a larger pool to choose from. In addition, many interns will work harder if they are compensated. For more information, please see the document titled “Should I Pay My Intern?

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Can I post both full-time and part-time positions?
Yes, you can post part-time positions, full-time positions, or both.

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How many internships can I post?
Post as many internships as you would like. The more positions you post, the more chances students will have to find an internship.

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Am I required to hire an intern for the positions that I post?
If you do not find the type of student you are looking for, you are not required to fill a position that you post with Utah Intern. Remember that you can always repost an internship position after the time expires if you were not able to find the right kind of person.

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Where can the internships be?
The internships can be anywhere in the state of Utah.

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How will I find candidates to fill my internship postings?
This is the beauty of Utah Intern; the students will find you. When a student sees an internship opportunity they are interested in, they will email you a resume and cover letter. Then you will be enabled to sift through the candidates to find the students you would be interested in interviewing.

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12.

Can I change my information?
Yes, you can change your information at any point in time. Just log in through the employer’s section and go to “Update Organization Information.”

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What is Utah Intern’s confidentiality policy?
Utah Intern does not give out information obtained from its users to outside sources. This program has one motive: to increase the number of internships in Utah. All information obtained will only be used to further this cause through helping employers find interns and vice versa.

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Can I put a link on the web site?
Yes, Utah Intern would love to have your organization’s link on the web site. Just contact us, and we’ll add it to our company listing.

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How long do I need to hire an intern?
Most internships last at least a term or semester, but they can extend up to a year. Please be sure to inform potential applicants about the duration of the internship when you post information about it.

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For more information feel free to contact us.

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Utah Intern 2004