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So You Want to Start an Internship Program...

Internships are a great opportunity to provide practical, real-world experience to a University of Utah student, while gaining some additional help and insight. By definition, internships are temporary positions. But to create a great experience for both you and the student, they deserve intentional planning and execution. To help you design your internship program, we’ve created the following resources and questions to guide you through the process.

What is an internship?

Internships are defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as:

“A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.


Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, while simultaneously giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”


Internships range in duration, pay, and description from one organization to the next.


Launch Your Internship Program

Use our Internship Program Guide for step-by-step recommendations on creating a successful experience for you and students.

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Internship FAQ's

Still have some lingering questions about creating an internship program? Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

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