How It Works
This innovative program places students in remote work experiences, where they work 10-20 hours per week during school terms, which last 10 weeks.
As a prospective host employer, your first step is to submit a project brief, outlining the scope, desired outcomes, and success criteria for the work to be performed. The program will provide the applicant pool, from which you may select and hire as many student interns as you need. We will collaborate with you in supporting remote interns, leveraging distance-learning technology to simplify management and help the students develop “soft skills” vital to workplace success.
To learn more about why and how we implemented this program, read our recent presentation to the American Society for Engineering Education.
Host employers have access to students from all 17 undergraduate majors in the College of Engineering. Companies may specify disciplines they are seeking in relation to projects that interns will be working on.
Yes. We will provide a prescreened applicant pool of eligible students. You will select and interview students and make hiring decisions. You must agree to pay student interns a competitive wage, based on their skills and abilities.
The initial commitment, by both student and employer, is 10 weeks. (This includes nontechnical support of the student’s efforts by Oregon State.) At the end of this period, host companies may offer to extend the duration of employment at their discretion. In this way, the program can provide a recruitment pipeline for future full-time summer interns and newly graduated employees.
- A project brief, outlining the scope, desired outcomes, and success criteria for the project.
- A single point of contact who can devote 30 minutes per week to answer questions and give feedback, including:
- Virtual meetings with the student intern at the start and end of the project, and every two weeks throughout the 10-week internship.
- Weekly reviews of project deliverables with the student intern.
- Supporting and recognizing the student intern’s efforts throughout the 10-week period.
- Hiring student interns directly, with competitive compensation.
- Covering all related project costs, including equipment and software licenses.
- Providing the student intern with technical and business advice and feedback needed to complete the project.
Students commit to 10-20 hours of work each week, over the course of the internship. College of Engineering staff are available to facilitate and provide nontechnical support to the student.
No. Student interns work remotely. If conditions allow them to visit your location at any time during the internship, you may offer that opportunity. (If you wish to set up a hybrid or in-person internship, please contact us to discuss the details.) While many students would welcome an invitation to an in-person tour or meet-and-greet, not all are able to do so.
No, since the student will be your employee, student software licenses and Oregon State shop spaces are not available to the student for your commercial project.
Typically, the host organization sponsoring the project owns the outputs and outcomes of the project, as specified in an employer agreement. Students are free to sign employer agreements according to their own preferences. As the employer, your organization may apply its own human resources policies.
Anything that can be scoped for a successful outcome in 100 to 200 hours of effort by an intern.
- Set project outcomes that can be achieved within the work period and give you real value and depth.
- Outline clear requirements.
- Have realistic expectations. Set high standards, but remember these are students at the very beginning of their careers.
- Ask for help defining the scope of a project, or if you are unsure of anything else.