Internship Center Connects Businesses and Students
An internship is a formal arrangement designed to provide opportunities for students to study and experience professional career interests in the community under the supervision of California University of Pennsylvania.
The benefits to local businesses are many. Through Cal U's internship program, companies:
- Become a partner in education with California University
- Find a source of motivated pre-professionals
- Obtain new perspectives from trained, enthusiastic students
- Gain access to quality students for temporary positions and projects
- Establish a cost-effective method for recruiting potential employees
- Increase its visibility on campus and in the community
The University's Internship Center works with employers to create effective internship programs and help employers, faculty supervisors and students agree on expectations for all involved. The center also works to ensure individual placements are successful.
Among its many services, the center offers a guide for employers and help developing a job description and defining the role of the company's internship supervisor. The center also helps companies prepare guidelines outlining learning objectives, academic requirements, schedules, absenteeism policies, attitude, appropriate dress and more.
The University and business organization formalize the partnership through an internship agreement.
Timetable to Start
Interested companies should contact the office at least one semester, two if possible, before expected intern placements.
Cal U offers InternLink, an online system to help companies and students make the internship process a smooth one. Here employers create a company profile, edit information and post jobs. Or, if a business prefers, the Internship Center can create and update the company information.
To get started, contact Cal U's Internship Center by phone or e-mail:
California University of Pennsylvania
230 Eberly Science and Technology Center
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
If your organization is a for-profit business and you will not be providing compensation we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Fair Labor Standards Act specifically as it relates to Internship Programs: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf
College of Liberal Arts
Read the Internship Program: A Guide for Employers for help establishing an internship program.
Use InternLink to Create and Post an Internship Opportunity
Read Answers to Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions
Download an Internship Agreement
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