Internship Placement Process

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, but faculty (with OCEI assistance) will assist them by providing leads. The lead generation process will be structured as follows:

  • Every work day, the OCEI coordinator will perform direct outreach to the area employers to discern their inclination for hiring ACC students as interns and the types of positions they might consider. These employers are then placed on the applicable departmental master lists. At a minimum, *master list contacts include the company or agency name and the contact information of the hiring agent including name, phone number, and email address.

  • A month prior to the beginning of each semester, OCEI will email all departmental *master list contacts to discern interest in hiring an ACC intern in the upcoming semester. Those replying in the affirmative will be contacted by the OCEI coordinator to establish that the positions adhere to NACE standards, whether the positions are paid or unpaid, and to obtain brief job descriptions. If the initial email campaign does not yield a sufficient number, the coordinator will solicit individual employers from the departmental *master lists until each practicum has a sufficient number of employers for the practicum. *Active lists are only valid for a single semester and will be recreated prior to the beginning of each semester.

  • At the beginning of the semester, it is the responsibility of the practicum instructor to contact all employers on the active list to discuss the internships, clarify the learning objectives, confirm adherence to NACE standards, and establish a hiring process and timeline.

  • The OCEI Coordinator will be available to assist faculty with students having difficulty finding placements. However, OCEI staff will not work directly with students.

There are four different basic methods for managing the internship placement process:

  • Virtual Internship job fair – the instructor sends all of the resumes to all of the employers on the (interested employer) contact list. The student list can be narrowed by specialization (e.g. -networking vs. programming specialties.) The employer then contacts students for interviews directly. (This is the easiest, least labor intensive method.)

  • Employer Internship Interview Session – Employers are invited to an ACC facility to interview candidates. All students in the practicum are on-site. (This is the most labor intensive method, but showed good result at this fall’s session.)

  • Employer Internship Meet and Greet – Employers are invited to mingle with practicum students and collect resumes. Either before or after the mingling, an employer panel discusses reasons why first year students should consider their specializations (first year students are invited to this portion.) Food and drinks are served. Using the collected resumes, employers contact students directly for interviews.

  • Faculty selects (or heavily influences) internship placements – This occurs when faculty send a single or small number of resumes directly to an employer. This system, however, places the instructor in the middle of the placement process and can cause controversy if the placement does not work out for any reason. OCEI believes that this method should only be used as a last resort in the case of a student that is unable to find a position on their own.


*Master lists – Lists of any potential employer who has agreed to ever consider hiring an intern from that department

*Active lists – departmental lists of employers who have agreed to hire an intern in the upcoming semester

*Email list – List of all unduplicated company contacts from all of the departmental master lists who are emailed one month prior to the start of each semester to develop departmental active lists

*Employers by semester lists – lists of internship employers by semester