Student Internship Agreement

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Student Internship Agreement
Student internships are a great way to gain professional experience. (young beautiful student girl with books in hand image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Students who take part in internships gain additional experience in the work field and learn about the kinds of duties performed in specific jobs. There are internships available in every field, from writing and science to accounting and marine biology. When students apply and interview for an internship--or before, if possible--they should discuss with their potential employers the agreements and expectations associated with the internship. According to College Board's website, asking questions about the internship in advance will help a student decide if it is the right internship for him.


Interns who want an internship should ask about the duties involved. If, for example, the internship is in "book marketing," the student should ask about what she'd be doing on the job. Some internships, according to the New York Times website, may include busywork or work that is unrelated to the internship's area of activity. You should always ask if you will be getting hands-on experience in your field of study.

Student Internship Agreement
Interns should know what they're getting into on the job. (student image by Ivanna Buldakova from


According to the New York Times website, many interns are unpaid. Some internships require full-time or part-time work without pay. While some interns find this entirely possible, others cannot sacrifice a salary for free work. It is key to ask the internship coordinator if the internship position pays or not--and how much. Some internships provide stipends or travel reimbursement, so it is important to ask about these elements before making a decision.

Student Internship Agreement
Ask about pay before applying. (money image by MateiA from

Time Frame

You should discuss with you internship provider the expected contribution time. While many internships require a set amount of time, it is key to ask about what days and hours are expected. This is especially important for college students, who have to select internships to fit the schedule of their college classes and their paying jobs. The start and end dates of the internship should also be specified.

Student Internship Agreement
Make sure your schedule works with the internship. (CLOCK image by SKYDIVECOP from

Future Jobs

Ask the internship provider about the likelihood of future job placement. Some internships lead to paid positions, while others do not. It is essential to ask the internship coordinator if there is any possibility of future job placement if you are interested in using the internship to start a career.

Student Internship Agreement
Climbing the job ladder is important--ask about future job placement. (jobs image by Ewe Degiampietro from


Before starting the internship, the coordinator and the intern should agree on expectations, not only about the duties but about job etiquette. The intern should understand how he must dress and conduct himself and what he is allowed to do on the job. This should be understand by all parties.

Student Internship Agreement
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