ISE Internship Program Information for Employers
An internship is a career-related work experience that integrates classroom theory with "real world" practical experience. A successful internship program is one in which job assignments consist of meaningful engineering work experiences that challenge the student intern and progressively increase their level of responsibility.Internships can be offered in the following skill areas:
Work Sampling (time and motion studies)
Data Collection and Analysis
Reliability and Safety
Inventory Management and Control
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Engineering Economy (cost/benefit analysis)
And the following skills levels:
Employers grade internships on four levels to provide the best possible match.
Level 1 - Lower level student with an interest in industrial engineering
Level 2 - Lower level student with some industrial engineering background
Level 3 - Significant industrial engineering coursework
Level 4 - Significant industrial engineering coursework plus previous work experience
Tips to insure a meaningful and productive internship experience:
- Develop a job description for the internship position
- Provide challenging and meaningful work assignments
- Ensure that an appropriate supervisor meets with the intern after he or she arrives on site and explains the job description and workplace expectations
- Provide the intern with an orientation to the workplace (through appropriate tours, personnel meetings, assigned readings, etc.)
- Arrange a suitable time for regular meetings between the supervisor and the intern, to allow for mentoring and discussions of the intern's progress throughout the internship.
- Maintain an environment conducive to open communications, including explanation of job assignments and expectations, openness to intern ideas and perspectives, and periodic feedback on job performance.
- Submit an evaluation of the internship process.
- Keep the lines of communication open with the IEIP Office to circumvent and resolve issues so that the internship is productive for both the intern and the sponsoring company.