Information for Organizations

Goals of The Internship Program

  • Support classroom-based learning
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain useful experience, improving employment potential upon graduation
  • Provide an opportunity to explore career options

Benefits of Internships

  • Access to highly qualified candidate pool for potential/future vacancies
  • Minimized recruiting costs and training time
  • Observe potential employees under actual working conditions, without a long-term commitment
  • Establish connections to university resources
  • Meet personnel demands during peak periods and for special projects

Keys to a Successful Internship Program

  • Recruit qualified and motivated student interns
  • Determine strategies for placing interns in beneficial positions to both the intern and the agency that provide quality learning experiences for students
  • Provide training and supervise the intern during the course of the internship
  • Provide performance evaluations to the university and be prepared to write letters of recommendation for students who successfully complete their internship

Efficient and Organized Placement Procedures

Organizations should establish a minimum of one to two contact persons who will receive placement requests and arrange agency interviews. This may include forwarding request(s) to individual units who then arrange the interview, but the contact persons are responsible for follow-through.

Students are notified of agency selection timeline within a reasonable time period of receipt of placement request. Agencies will initially receive the student’s resume. Additional materials, such as an application, references, or a writing sample may be requested of the student by the agency. At the time of first contact, agencies should inform students of additional application requirements such as a background checks or vaccination requirements.

Notify students of acceptance or denial approximately two months before their starting date whenever possible. This is ideal in order for students to make alternate arrangements for classes, housing or other internship positions.

For more information about developing efficient and organized placement procedures, check out our Internship Toolkit


Should you have any questions about the internship program with the CSSC, or wish to establish an internship program at your agency, please contact the department that will best meet your needs here:

Department of Criminal Justice: Eduardo Garcia, Internship Coordinator: exgarcia@ualr.edu

Examples: Law Enforcement Officers, Emergency Management/Public Safety Officers, Information/Physical Security Specialists, Legal Support.

Department of Psychology: Dr. Amanda Nolen, Department Chair:  alnolen@ualr.edu

Examples: Behavioral Health Specialists, Community Health Administrators, Therapists, Mental Health Researchers.

Department of Rhetoric and Writing: Dr. Joyce Locke Carter, Department Chair: jlcarter@ualr.edu

Examples: Writing Editors, Grant Writers, Web Page Content Writers, Screen Writers.

Department of Speech Communication: Melissa Johnston, Internship Coordinator: mhjohnston@ualr.edu

Examples: Social Media Specialists, Corporate Trainers, Human Relations Specialists, Event Planners

School of Mass Communication: Dr. Olaf Hoerschelmann, Department Chair: oxhoerschelm@ualr.edu

Examples: Public Relations Specialists, News Paper Editors, Video Editors, Radio Advertisers, New Media Editors.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Department Chair: Dr. Krista Lewis: kxlewis@ualr.edu

Examples: Public Policy Analysts, Urban Planners, Nonprofit Communication Specialists, Market Researchers.