Internships



“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

– Margaret Mead

An important part of any Academy program is to prepare students for the world of work.  To that end, all Academy students must complete an internship at a business or non-profit in their community.

In the classroom, Academy students learn skills important to employers, then take those skills and apply them in the workplace.  Students receive valuable experiences that will benefit them as they move into their future academics and career.  Employers receive hard-working employees with a youthful and innovative way of looking at their jobs, eager to succeed.

If you are considering providing an internship to an Academy student, the following are answers to common questions:

What is my role as an internship provider?

Your role as an internship provider will be important, as you are the main contact in the workplace and will guide the experience for the intern at your company

In general, you will:

  • Establish work hours
  • Monitor attendance
  • Assign work and monitor performance
  • Provide training and guidance
  • Provide encouragement and feedback
  • Conduct performance evaluations
  • Help the intern feel comfortable with other employees
  • Establish consequences if work or behavior is not up to par.

At what level should I expect an intern to perform?

Keep in mind that this may be the first professional work experience for your student intern. He/she may not have had the workplace knowledge that you might expect entry-level employees, or even college interns to have. At the same time, studies show that employers who have had Academy interns say their skill levels and productivity have been as good as, and in some cases superior to, college interns and entry-level workers.

Will I interview the intern?

Yes! This will provide the intern with a valuable experience and give you an opportunity to meet several potential candidates, allowing you to select a student who will be the best fit for your company. In addition, the Academy Internship Coordinator or Director will also help by “matching” students with a company based upon a job description you provide and the skills and abilities of each student.

What can an intern do?

Interns, like entry-level hires, come with a variety of skills. Work assignments should be on a level equal to or slightly higher than the intern’s current skill and knowledge level, and should include a variety of activities. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Technical skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, PowerPoint
  • Data entry
  • Send and process form letters and/or write simple business letters
  • Proofread
  • Help with audits and inventories
  • Cover for vacations
  • Assist with researching projects from news sources or the Internet
  • Maintain files
  • Assist with special projects
  • Prepare materials for meetings, classes, or conferences
  • Answer phones, copy, and fax
  • Bring youthful ideas and thinking as team members.

Does an intern get compensated?

Yes. We believe our interns should be compensated for the hard work that they do. It is also a good experience for interns to understand that, as in any job, there are rewards for performing well and consequences for performing poorly. The Academy Internship Coordinator or Director will discuss with you the various options for internship compensation.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about sponsoring an intern?

Should you have any additional questions regarding providing an internship opportunity, please contact Tim Healy from the WNY Regional NAF Advisory Board at thealy@lifetouch.com or complete and submit the internship form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are interested in providing an internship to an Academy student or would like additional information, please fill out and submit the form below.  You will be contacted shortly by the Director or Internship Coordinator of your indicated school(s).  (Your submission does not constitute a commitment by your company.)


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