Scheduling and Work Plan
Internships are no longer just for summer, they also occur during the semester, winter break, and year round, and/or virtually. Types of work plans vary. Below are a few common internship models implemented by employers.
The Parallel or Part-Time Work Plan
Students work approximately 15-20 hours per week in conjunction with classroom study. The Parallel Plan can be just for a semester in duration or for an entire year or longer and often becomes a full-time assignment during the summer. Parallel positions can be filled on a continuous basis.
The Summer Work Plan
Students work full-time or part-time during the summer for a period of 10 - 12 weeks. The recruiting season for the Summer Work Plan typically begins in February, although some employers begin as early as the fall.
The Full-Time Work Plan
Students work full-time for a period of six months by alternating periods of classroom study with work experience. Work assignments usually begin in January or June. Optimum recruiting cycles begin in October and February, respectively.
The Virtual Work Plan
An internship can operate virtually online through social media, internet applications, and communication devices like webcams. A virtual internship may be fully or partially online. Virtual internships tend to have a more flexible timetable and work well to accommodate student schedules. Virtual internships should be supervised and organized in a similar fashion as non-virtual internships. A critical skill an intern and supervisor must have to be successful is communication.