The role of the employer is to provide the student with a suitable internship experience relevant to their programme of study. The student will be registered to the ‘Business Internship Module’ during the internship year and the employer will be required to facilitate them in achieving the learning objectives of this module.
All interns attend an Orientation in UCD before their internship commences. Employers will be provided with a Guide to Hosting an Intern and will be required to sign the Host Internship Agreement
The employer should organise an induction for the student which should cover a tour of the facilities, role expectations, a work plan and communication and reporting structures. The employer should also ensure that the intern is provided will all of the necessary safety training and information as required to carry out their assigned tasks safely. Interns should also be issued with a contract of employment which should be signed by both parties before the internship commences.
Interns remain registered UCD students during their internship and are supported by the Internship Manager and Academic Coordinator throughout. In addition the student should be assigned a mentor or manager within the company who they can turn to for guidance and support. They should be supported in meeting the learning objectives of the business internship module and should also be included in any internal performance review systems in operation within the organisation. During the year we will require the employer to liaise with the UCD Internship Manager and provide feedback on the intern’s progress, in some cases we may ask that a site visit is facilitated.
At the end of the internship the employer will be asked to confirm that the intern has successfully completed the internship year.