Internships: position descriptions
Though similar in many ways to job descriptions, internship position descriptions have unique attributes that help establish a focus on intern learning and ensure that intern and employer have shared expectations.
Similar to job descriptions:
- Sell your organization - Make candidates excited about what your organization does. Mention why your organization matters, what makes it special, and why readers should intern there.
- Describe the role - Tell potential interns how they will be contributing to your organization – projects they’ll work on, teams they’ll be a part of, tasks they’ll be handling, etc.
- List requirements - What skills, characteristics, and interests would make a successful intern? Mention whether they’re required or just desired.
- Application instructions - What do applicants need to submit, how, and by when?
- Compensation - How much will interns be paid?
Section on expected learning
Describe what interns will learn:
- Though interns are eager to make a contribution to your organization, they’re also curious as to what they’ll gain from the experience.
- Including a learning section helps interns know you are committed to their learning and success.
Sample section titles:
- What you will learn
- Interns will develop skills in
- You will gain experience in
- How you will benefit
Desired learning prompt
Ask interns to reflect:
- Ask interns to include a few ideas about what they’d like to learn in their cover letter.
- This helps interns develop a habit of reflection and also helps ensure a good match.
Be clear about:
- Internship start and end date
- Expected hours per week
- Location of internship site