Is a Structured Internship Program Really That Important?

Absolutely! As one of the key determinants of the level of satisfaction with their internship experience, students indicate that the more structured the internship program is within their host organization, the higher their level of overall satisfaction.

When an intern completes their experience they become an ambassador or adversary. This outcome is largely dependent on how well the host organization executes the experience.  Well-organized and effective internship programs have the potential to greatly benefit a company, it is important to remember that unorganized programs have their consequences as well. 92% of surveyed professionals agreed that an internship could help the recruiting brand of an organization; yet only 29% thought that an internship program has the potential to hurt the recruiting brand. Of the students who reported having taken part in an internship, 96% agreed that they had shared their experiences with friends, and 99% of students who had not yet taken part in an internship agreed that they would share experiences with friends. This is one of the largest disconnects between organizations and students, which should caution organizations that a lack of knowledge and preparation could yield negative returns in recruiting talent.

If you want to better help your employer partners develop or enhance their internship programs, then join us for this unique and one-of-a-kind learning and sharing opportunity.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, April 29th at 1:00pm ET (Noon CT, 11am MT, 10am PT).  All staff within a registered career center may participate under a single all-inclusive registration. Unlimited archive access for staff is also included.  Registration Fee – $79

Each year hundreds of thousands of organizations make the decision to host interns. The significant majority of of these organization have indicated that it was a positive experience.  This is your opportunity to make sure your employer partners are set up for success and that your students are having an amazing internship experience!

Register today and you will learn how to…

  • Help your employer partners to develop & implement an internship “syllabus”.
  • Integrate student learning objectives (SLO’s) into the intern work plan.
  • Assist employers in developing holistic and meaningful assessment mechanisms.
  • Help employers better engage and retain their interns to full-time hires.
  • Navigating the complex legal environment of internships.

These insights are only a small sample of what you’ll find in this engaging and interactive workshop.

REGISTER NOW for this exclusive virtual workshop that will provide you with the resources that you need to help your employer partners host an amazing internship program for your students and also receive a copy of the #1 Internship Book in the US – Total Internship Management: The Employer’s Guide to Building the Ultimate Internship Program.

As with all of our programming, unlimited archive access is available for all registered attendees. If you cannot attend the session, the recordings will be emailed to you.  Questions? Email

Robert ShindellDuring the past 20 years, Dr. Robert Shindell, has successfully held a variety of professional leadership roles in higher education. He developed career centers at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, Midwestern State University and the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. Robert’s innovative approach to career services led The Rawls College of Business Career Management Center to achieve the ranking of 28th in BusinessWeek’s national ranking of College of Business career centers in 2007. Dr. Shindell’s research and opinions are often quoted in the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed and many more. He has worked with thousands of employers and higher education career centers in developing successful transition plans for students through both live and virtual presentations.
Dr. Shindell also serves as a member of the Distinguished Scientists Advisory Board for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to maximizing The United States Department of Energy’s strategic objectives. In addition to expanding ORISE thought leadership, the DSAB works closely with ORISE leadership, technical experts and liaisons to ensure that strategic milestones related to ORISE activities are met.
Robert has earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in training and development from Midwestern State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo.