Internship Program Development and Student Recruitment
The Mavs EDGE Internship Program
The University of Texas at Arlington's Economic Development through Guidance Education Program (EDGE) is a dedicated internship initiative with the goal of developing experiential learning opportunities for UTA students. Through participation in this program, our employer partners receive specialized services including, program support, expanded marketing opportunities, and event discounts.
Employer services include:
- Registration fee discounts for select internship programming events.
- Elevated marketing and position promotion opportunities through UTA marketing outlets.
- Connection with UTA Internship Coordinators departmental contacts.
- Access to tailored internship materials/resources/workshops.
- Participation in workforce skills curriculum development through membership in a corporate forum
- A Preliminary Needs Assessment, to include identification of the current workforce needs and/or challenges and creation of key performance indicators for the position.
- Internship Position Description Development, assist with the creation and/or review of position responsibilities and learning objectives related to the internship position.
Internship Policies and Best Practices
Lockheed Martin Career Development Center Internship Policies:
- The internship must provide supervision for students on a regular basis, with arrangements made for situations where work is done remotely.
- The position must be located in a commercial setting and NOT in a private residence or home office.
- It does not require students to make investments or cash deposits or involve students purchasing inventory or products for resale.
- The internship must not be structured so that students have financial liability for the work of others.
- The position must not be strictly commission-based; in cases where a commission is involved; there must be additional compensation and a structured learning component.
Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship
To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback from the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.