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 receive notifications from about new internship postings in the Austin area. He will vet these opportunities by phone or email to confirm that they adhere to NACE standards  and are appropriate for ACC internship placements, then categorize these postings by department.

  • Each department will have a running list of confirmed internship employers that will be accessible by the internship practicum instructors via Google Drive on a 24/7/365 basis. Each department gives an estimate of the next semester’s enrollment. That number, plus an additional cushion, becomes the OCEI employer goal for that department.

  • The departmental lists will be augmented by routine, focused, rotating departmental marketing efforts through phone calls, emails, and personal visits to area employers as assigned by the director.

  • 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.