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Resources for WCU Departmental Internship Coordinators

Coordinating internships in your department is a labor intensive job. We appreciate that you may have little time to recruit companies, connect with students, coordinate supervisors, and administrate the forms and details of this position. First, your service to WCU students and our surrounding community is much appreciated! Second, this site aims to provide you with as many resources as possible (and update those resources both frequently and at your request) to make your job just a bit easier.


New Notes

College Hiring to Increase 9.6 Percent - April 15, 2015

"Employers are nudging up their initial hiring projections for this year’s college class as they now plan to hire 9.6 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update. -" Read more

STEM Graduates: Salary Expectations Fall Short of Actual Salaries -

NACE, April 15, 2015

When it comes to starting salaries, do the starting salary expectations of students earning degrees in the highly prized STEM fields align with reality? Read more


Internship Guides for Students

NACE Spotlight for Career Services Professionals – Many universities provide guides for their students considering or embarking upon internships. Following are links to internship guides from various colleges and universities:

Internship Professionals Listserv

Internship-Net, the global network listserv for Internship Professionals in education, business and the non-profit sector, is a wonderful resource for staying attuned to trends and for benchmarking with colleagues and other internship professionals. This listserv is hosted by Messiah College in Grantham, PA; to join contact Michael True Director, Internship Center, Messiah College,

Liability Insurance Coverage for Students

West Chester University does not provide nor purchase liability insurance coverage for students serving in an intern program or fieldwork experience. Because many host organizations require that interns have liability or malpractice insurance, students need to personally purchase intern liability insurance when required to do so by the cooperating institution/agency/company.

In addition, the University should NOT be listed as a named insured on the student's personal policy. This is between the student and the host site only. University personnel must be careful not to designate or appear to endorse a particular insurance policy or carrier.

While the University does not (and cannot) purchase malpractice insurance for students, WCU can require internship students to purchase insurance to participate in a certain program or field experience. Each Dean has the ability to review and determine whether the time is right to require students to have malpractice insurance in place for programs or fieldwork within their academic purview.

The Dean, Chairs, and/or faculty should make students aware of the potential liability they may incur while completing an internship or field experience, reiterating that the University does not insure student interns, and the exposure each student may incur if they do not have obtain such liability coverage.

For more information regarding Affiliation Agreements click here.

Peer Review

A journal published by the American Association of Colleges and Universities focused on internships and experiential learning. link

Coordinator Resources

All materials in this section are the creation and intellectual property of the creator. Do not distribute, copy, or share these materials without the permission of the author. Explore Coordinator Resources (WCU login required)

WCU Internship Coordinator Past Meeting Minutes