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The internship program
in the School of Business and Information Technology has been designed to
connect students with various organizations, including small local businesses,
large corporations, nonprofit groups and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
to provide opportunities for continued skill development,
networking, and assistance in meeting business needs for the
We have multiple
campuses with students interested in participating in the internship program in
their local area or participating virtually. The
virtual internships provide more flexibility for our students as well as for
some sponsor groups. We have a very successful track record with virtual
internships and would be happy to discuss our solutions with your organization.
There are many
potential benefits to sponsoring interns, including:
We hold our internship
applicants to high standards to ensure you are working with our most qualified
candidates. The program is available to Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, and Master of Science in Information Technology degree students,
who must complete the majority of their required courses and have earned a high
GPA in order to participate. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for them to
integrate skills in authentic practice during their internship. We work with
our business alliances to create mutual goals and agreement to create an optimal
experience for all parties.
Contact our internship coordinator and
let’s begin the process of planning for your internship experience. Please
We look forward to working with you!
There are two main timelines to consider. The first is the amount of time necessary to promote the internship position and identify candidates for your review. We typically require 3 weeks to begin promoting the role, screen applicants, and prepare them to interview for the role. Once this process is completed and you have chosen the best internship candidate, we coordinate the start date. We have three concurrent start-of-term tracks for undergraduates and one track for master's degree students. This translates to a new undergraduate term starting approximately every 5 weeks, and a new master's degree term starting approximately every 6 weeks. Each student’s start date will be unique and handled on a case-by-case basis. We are mindful of your business needs and do expedite the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.
The second timeline to consider is the length of a student’s term. Our undergraduate terms last for 10 weeks, and master's-level terms last 6 weeks (two sequential courses, IT 597 and IT 598, will last 12 weeks). This is an important consideration while deciding appropriate tasks and responsibilities for the intern role. Project and task complexity vary considerably. Some institutions prefer smaller tasks that can be accomplished completely during the term and others prefer sections or specific benchmarks of a larger project that can be carved out for student completion. It depends on the needs of your business and we can help you evaluate optimal solutions.
Businesses do have very large responsibilities of providing guidance and supervision to the student interns. We do require a specific supervisor to be responsible for the intern. This responsibility involves approving timesheets and providing guidance and resources for projects and tasks. Most importantly, it is a coaching role. We need your assistance in connecting the dots for the students. Our goal is to connect the coursework to business needs and practices. Your company or group can be a tremendous asset to help introduce the student to best practices, industry standards, and professional codes of conduct. A very important consideration is to make sure the internship roles and responsibilities are directly associated with the academic studies. We ask the tasks be relevant and further the professional goals of the student while meeting your business needs.
Our goal is to recruit the best candidates for your internship
position. Please provide us with the following information so we can promote an
accurate description of your particular needs, student qualifications, and
potential projects. This information helps us recruit appropriate candidates to
screen and move on to the interview stage for your organization.
Please provide the following via email to ITInternship@kaplan.edu:
After we identify appropriate candidates for your internship role, the students will provide a cover letter and resume for your review. We ask you conduct a brief interview and evaluate whether their skills are a good match for your projects and team. The interview can be conducted with a wide range of solutions, including a simple phone call, Skype, Google video chat, or face-to-face meeting.
Once you have chosen the appropriate candidate, we will move forward with coordinating schedules and start dates. We appreciate any feedback on all candidates so we can continue to improve both the process and preparation for the interview.
The internship director is available throughout the term to address any questions or concerns you may have. We also ask for a formal review at the midterm and end of term by completing a short survey. The survey helps us confirm time spent working with your team and ensures the intern is meeting all professional expectations. We also ask for any suggestions or feedback you may have concerning future topics to add to our curriculum. Your feedback is very important to ensure we are meeting industry expectations!
let us know what questions or concerns you may have. We can help you determine
eligibility to the program and what opportunities may be available.
Undergraduate IT Internship Director, Glen Jenewein: email@example.comGraduate IT Internship Director, Tamara Fudge; firstname.lastname@example.orgIT Internship Coordinator, ITInternship@kaplan.edu
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