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Frequently Asked Questions About the Internship Program

 
What are the benefits of using interns?
How much time does an intern take?
May I choose the intern I want?
Are interns paid?
What if it doesn't work out?
Why do students work as interns?
What do other employers say about Aquinas interns?
Can you give me names of companies who use Aquinas interns?
 
What are the benefits of using interns?
An intern can be a way to get additional projects done, add new energy to your department, develop supervisory skills in an employee, "test drive" a potential employee and put you in touch with the latest developments in academia.
 
How much time does an intern take?
Interns will need initial orientation and training. They will also need ongoing supervision, much like any new worker. In return, interns should be able to make significant contributions to your workplace.
 
May I choose the intern I want?
Certainly! Choosing an intern is very much like hiring an employee. Your internship posting will specify the qualifications you are seeking and how you wish to be contacted. Usually, interested students are directed to send a cover letter and resume, or to call you directly. Typically, an interview is the next step in the process, after which you decide if you wish to offer the student an internship.
 
Are interns paid?

Although 65% of interns are paid, the important issue is the quality of the learning experience, whether it is paid or unpaid. Compensation for paid interns averages $8-$10 an hour. Many organizations opt to provide the student intern with a stipend. We recommend that organizations consult with an accountant and/or attorney so as to assure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 
What if it doesn't work out?
Most internships are very successful. However, if a problem does arise, contact the Internship Coordinator at the Career Services Office. The Coordinator will work with you to find the best solution.
 
Why do students work as interns?
Students are very aware that employers want to hire employees with on-the-job experience. Students also want to "reality test" their career choice before completing their college education.
 
What do other employers say about Aquinas interns?

“Our interns are introduced to the professional world in a hands-on way.  Not only do they add further dimension to their textbook knowledge while working with us, they determine if pursuing a career in accounting is right for them.  A significant number of our employees started as interns, and we consider it a privilege to offer the experience and to find such talented people.”  - Steve Miller, CPA, Andrews Hooper & Pavlik P.L.C.

 
"For over a decade, Amway has successfully recruited numerous talented and highly motivated students for our intern program from Aquinas College.  This has been a mutually beneficial relationship, allowing Amway to accomplish key projects and successfully hire the 'best of the best" student interns into full-time career positions upon completion of their degrees. The student interns work on relevant, real world projects gaining valuable experience not to mention a very lucrative stipend." - Kem Charron, Access Business Group
 

"We have had an Aquinas College intern since the summer of 2008. Our two interns have been amazing at hitting the ground running with various accounting tasks in the Business Offices of East Hills and the MAC Athletic Clubs.  The interns have exceeded expectations with their ability to setup, update and navigate financial spreadsheets, process and post daily desk transactions and research membership account issues.  We look forward to continuing this relationship with Aquinas College." - Mike Jager, St. Mary's Health Management Co.

 

"Aquinas students are resourceful and dependable! It is a pleasure working with them and watching them grow over the course of the semester. They are quickly able to augment their text knowledge through real life situations. Their continued motivation and willingness to learn new things has contributed to the success of our Institute, as well as their future success." - Katie J. DeVries, MA, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

 
Can you give me names of companies who use Aquinas interns?
97-LAV FM Actors' Theatre All Parts
Amway Andrews Hooper & Pavlik P.L.C. BDO Seidman
BISSELL Beene Garter LLP Blanford Nature Center
Broadway Theatre Guild Burglar Advertising Business Update Publications
Catholic Charities of West Michigan Deloitte Detroit Lions
Detroit Pistons Detroit Tigers Fifth Third Bank
Foremost Insurance Fox 17 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum Grand Rapids Business Journal Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Rapids Magazine Haworth Hospice of Holland Home
Kent County American Red Cross Kent County Juvenile Court Metro Health
Michigan State University Migrant Legal Assistance Project Miramar Films
Office of the United States Attorney General On-The-Town Magazine Orlando Magic
Pine Rest Christian Health Services Project Rehab Public Museum of Grand Rapids
St. Mary's Hospital 61st District Court SMG - Van Andel Arena
Spectrum Hospital Steelcase The Grand Rapids Press
The McCahill Group The Student Conservation Association United States Export Assistance Center
United States Post Office Van Andel Research Institute Wada Go Fitness
West Michigan White Caps WGRD 97.9FM WLHT 95.7FM - Michigan Media
Wood TV YMCA Disney