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Lisa HuffstetlerI am the intern coordinator for the Department of Political Science. One of the largest programs we offer is the internship program with the Tennessee State Legislature. We send 16-20 students to Nashville during the spring semester where they are assigned to either a legislator or a committee and they spend the entire semester there learning about the legislative process. Virtually every intern will tell you it is a life changing experience, one of the best of their college careers. This program is good for students of all majors, not just political science. Anyone interested in politics will enjoy this experience!

—Lisa Huffstetler

Recruiting University of Memphis Interns

Using the U of M e-Recruiting System

 The U of M offers employers the opportunity to post their internship postings on our campus-wide electronic network.  This network can be accessed by current students or alumni.

This system can be used for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, or internships.  When posting an internship, consider the tasks you have for your internship.  Are these tasks or project a learning opportunity for a student?  Will it assist them in learning more about your industry or organization?

Particularly for academic internships, we encourage you to distinguish between an internship and a part-time job.  In general, an internship provides a learning opportunity for the student to acquire new skills or knowledge during the internship period. 

A part-time job generally involves tasks that a typical part-time employee has performed in the past such as answering the phone, filing, or handling customer requests.

A  few examples of an academic internship  are Marketing Research projects, Process Improvement Projects, Social Media Development and Analysis, or Financial or Pricing Analysis projects.  The list varies with employers and their organizations but the goal is project work that “teaches” the students something new through the experience.

Our students need both internships and part-time jobs so we are happy to list both types of opportunities for you—we just ask you to categorize your needs between these two options.

When using this system, it is important to clearly communicate your opportunity in order to attract students to your posting.  Points of importance include:

  • Internship responsibilities or duties
  • Work Location
  • Compensation
  • Campus Interviews—this is optional, it is also helpful for the internship candidates to visit your location for the interview as well.
  • Hours Expected (Academic Internships require a minimum of 150 clock hours in order to earn academic credit)
  • Directions for submitting resumes from interested students—who in your organization should receive these resumes; most employers prefer resumes to be emailed to a key contact for processing.

 

Click here to view a sample posting which you can use as template for your position.

Hire a Student

To Create an eRecruiting account, click here.

 Many employers find it helpful to use more than one approach for recruitment.  Our staff is available to help you with your recruiting strategies for internships.

For further questions please email acadinterns@memphis.edu.

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