IT Internship Business Sponsors
Sponsor an Intern to Gain Motivated Talent for
Projects or Temporary Positions!
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 sponsor organizations.
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:
- Partnering in education with Kaplan University
- Providing opportunities for students to connect theory to practice and to hone professional knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Filling temporary leave positions or employee vacation time, or receiving assistance with special projects, via highly motivated, pre-professional interns
- Sponsoring interns creates a cost-effective solution for screening potential employees
- Providing feedback and suggestions to the University to help ensure our curriculum meets industry demands and professional expectations
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Internship Role Description
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:
- Name of your business or organization
- Proposed internship supervisor’s name, title, and contact information
- Proposed internship position title (the more detailed, the better)
- Number of openings
- Estimated work schedule
- Preferred start and end dates
- Skills emphasis or qualifications, including specific abilities/knowledge
- Required training or orientation (i.e., hospitals typically require orientations and background screening)
- Preferred method of contact (email, phone, fax)