There is no obligation on the part of your firm to make a permanent offer, nor is the student obligated to remain with your firm after graduation. However, many employers utilize internships as a way to pre-screen prospective employees.
Participation in this program is linked to the Co-Op/ HRM Industry Experience Course. This course is currently offered in the Fall semester of each year. As such, we seek organizational partners who are willing to participate and offer internships that will span the Fall semester (late August-mid December). However, a company can ask that the student begin their internship earlier in the summer or stay on after the Fall semester has ended. The HRM department just cannot require this as part of the course.
The HRM industry experience program does not have specific requirements for salaries. Many experiences are unpaid and students receive remuneration by way of valuable learning experiences and course credit. Because these experiences are unpaid, however, students must receive on-site supervision and the on-site experience must enhance their classroom learning experience; demonstrating the applicability of HR to real world practice.
You are not required to provide benefits.
Anything under the Human Resources umbrella would constitute appropriate project work for a student enrolled in this course. Some organizations have had a student work on one particular project for the duration of the internship, others have had students assist with whichever HR activities needed most immediate attention each day, while others set up rotational programs to give students the opportunity to experience different aspects of the HR function over the course of their internship. There is no right or wrong model as long as the student is getting exposure to HR and the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to real-world HR issues. The only assignment that would not be appropriate is an administrative assignment. Students cannot be tasked with basic administrative duties (filing, answering phones, etc).
Student and mentors will establish goals at the start of the work experience. Students will required to meet with their mentor at least once/month to discuss their performance, the degree to which they are achieving agreed upon goals, and changes that can be made to improve the overall learning experience. Thus, if there are issues, students should be informed at these meetings. If problems arise prior to a set meeting date, the student should be counseled and the instructor informed. If the problem cannot be resolved, the student may be removed from the position for any non-discriminatory reason at any time.
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