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Internship White Papers & ResearchIntern Bridge is pleased to offer the following white papers. Authored by leading industry experts, the articles provide for best-in-class college recruiting information, and are provided at no cost.

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The Impact of Intern Salary
Robert Shindell, Intern Bridge

Much has been written of late on the topic of unpaid internships. This dialogue has likely caused you to pause for a moment to consider the morality, legality, etc of these unpaid experiential learning opportunities. What you have read has likely left you confused, concerned and uncertain. If you are coming at this from the perspective of an employer or business owner, you lack the luxury of feeling this way. Rather, you must possess clarity, confidence and certainty regarding the decisions you make and the manner in which you manage your business. To that end, what follows in this report, you will find compelling food for thought as it relates to paying your interns and how it’s not only good for interns, but also, good for your business.

The Business Case for Paying Interns
Robert Shindell, Intern Bridge

The information in this whitepaper is derived from the most in-depth research into internships available anywhere. All of the data presented are based on the 2011 National Internship and Co-op Study conducted by Intern Bridge. Over 27,000 students from more than 250 universities participated in this research project.

Confessions Of A Helicopter Parent
Ellen Bottner, Mother of Intern Bridge Founder, Richard Bottner

This editorial provides a glimpse into the ongoing “Helicopter Parent” phenomenon by examining the parenting history and outcomes of a self-proclaimed helicopter mom.

Intern Compensation – Is Your Program In Compliance With Federal Law?
Intern Bridge

This paper provides an introduction to the Department of Labor’s Six Prong Test. The test is utilized to determine if an individual is classified as a volunteer or employee in the eyes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If interns are to be classified as employees, they must be held to the same standard as those individuals employed on a full-time basis, including minimum wage laws. Must interns be paid? Find out the answer by downloading this brief paper.

Millennials – Generation “O”!
Rachel Reiser, Associate Dean, Babson College

It is estimated that somewhere between 21 and 24 million voters between the ages of 18 to 29 voted in the 2008 Presidential election, and according to some exit polls, nearly 70% of these young voters went for Obama. Barack Obama has vast appeal for the Millennial Generation, modeling an inclusionary and consensus-oriented approach, along with a message of American youths’ need and ability to make a positive difference, that Millennials are actively seeking from their places of employment. Plenty of companies are overhauling their employee recruitment materials to bring attention to their community service and environmental initiatives, all in an effort to attract and retain Millennial employees. This is the way of “Generation O.�

Intern Bridge Organizational Audit
Intern Bridge

The Organizational Audit was originally printed in The Internship as Partnership by Bob Inkster and Roseanna Ross (published by the National Society for Experiential Education in 1998.) In consultation with the authors, Intern Bridge offers the revised audit which provides organization with an opportunity to self-reflect if their environment is suitable for an internship program.

Management Buy-In: The Most Crucial Component of Successful Internship Programs
Laura Szadvri, Associate Director of Internships, University of Mary Washington

Internships can provide valuable experiences for both students (who obtain real world, professional work experience) and employers (who acquire talented, enthusiastic performers). However, there are often several obstacles to successful partnerships between the two. One of the most significant impediments to a “win – win” internship arrangement is the lack of an employer’s commitment and buy-in to the internship process, especially on the part of upper management. From the perspective of an employer, this white paper will explore why this phenomenon exists, why it is necessity to diminish the trepidation associated with internships, and how to effectively convince managers to fully participate in the internship experience.

Face Off: Companies Step Up The Competition To Get In Front of College Students
Meri Mayes, Assistant Director of Internships, Pace University

Savvy recruiters know that attracting the best and brightest takes more than just technology and mass marketing. Learn the seven successful ways employers are actually getting in front of today’s students to secure top talent.

Hiring International Students as Interns: The Process Demystified
Rachel Nelson Moeller, Assistant Director of Career Services, Lafayette College

International students studying in the United States are as aware of the necessity to obtain internship experience as domestic students. They possess the skills and educational background that employers seek, yet many organizations will not consider them for internship programs due to false assumptions about the difficulty in hiring these students. This article will demonstrate that hiring an international student as an intern is no more complicated, expensive or time consuming than hiring a domestic student and will provide insight into the interview and hiring processes for these students.

Targeting The Right Colleges For Internship Recruiting
Heather Krasna, Director of Career Services, Evans School of Public Affairs at The University of Washington

It is impossible for an employer to market their internship program to every university. A targeting strategy helps employers determine which universities are most appropriate. This article focuses on assisting employers create a university targeting strategy that contributes to a sustainable internship program.

Employers and Campus Career Centers: Building Bridges to College Student Success and Retention
Meegan Cox, Coordinator of Experiential Education, Ursuline College
Laura Neidert, Assistant Director of Career and Internship Development, Hampden-Sydney College

Based on research conducted at a private college in the Midwest we propose ways that campus career centers and employers can work together to increase student retention and success by creating specific types of employment opportunities including internships and part time jobs. This topic is timely given the current climate of escalating higher education costs.

GSU Executive White Paper Series: Career Rock Climbing
Jason Aldrich

Seemingly overnight, the traditional career ladder has been transformed into a far more precarious rock climbing wall. Success, no matter how you define it, now requires you to develop a more creative and nimble career strategy—one that embraces continuous learning and professional growth. Are you ready?