Intern Employer Information
What is our company’s responsibility for internship placements?
We ask that our partners seek to provide a meaningful work experience in line with the objectives of the program, in areas such as Social Media Marketing and Communications, Digital Branding, Gaming and Programming, Product Management and Business Development, related to innovation and the digital economy. Students are matched for internship placements based on your organization’s needs and their qualifications, so this position should be a good working fit for both. As a result, we ask that you consider providing an optional stipend to offset living expenses.
When can the student start the internship, and how long can they intern?
Students begin their program on the first class day of the fall and spring semesters and end on the last day of class. These days change each year; consult the Miami University academic calendar. And, if mutually agreeable, it may be possible for interns to continue into the summer.
Can we hire more than one intern from the program during any given semester?
Miami University prefers that companies bring on just one of our students at a time, but we are open to two students at one internship site. In this situation, we ask that the students are placed on different teams so that they are able to fully immerse themselves in their work environment, giving them the opportunity to meet and work with a wider variety of team members.
What is expected of me for this program other than just hiring an intern?
Throughout the course of the internship, program management will check in with you regularly to ensure that all expectations are being met. We’ll also be checking in with our students to ensure they are having a great experience as well. These check-ins will be once a month via Google form, however if issues arise that require further discussion we will set up an additional time to talk with you.
What is this internship contract a student asked me to sign?
As part of the program, we ask students to sign a contract with their internship supervisor that, at a minimum, addresses the company name, supervisor name and contact info, start/end dates, acceptable school breaks (like Easter), intern responsibilities, and agreed upon stipend. This information is used by us to track the individual internship information for each student but is also used to facilitate conversation between the intern and supervisor regarding the expected contribution during the internship period.
Throughout the course of the internship, we will check in with the intern’s supervisor regularly to ensure that all expectations are being met. We’ll also be checking in with our students to ensure they are having a great experience as well. These check-ins will be once a month via Google form. However, if issues arise that require further discussion we will set up an additional time to talk with you.
Why do students need Fridays off? What are they learning that will help them in my organization?
One of the key aspects of the Miami University Digital Innovation Program is the company visit day. Each week, students will intern Monday through Thursday and have Friday as a “class day” during which they will visit successful businesses, startups, accelerators, and other impactful organizations to learn from industry professionals.
Although the Friday visits may not always be in the same field in which some of our students are interning, we hope the visits give the students more insight into the hurdles, successes, and lessons learned that are unique to each company visited. It is difficult to measure how these visits might benefit their own work at their internships, but we do hope they take what they have learned with them and apply where and when possible.
What work do the students have outside of their internship? Will this impact their responsibilities in our organization?
Students are signed up for 16 credit hours during the semester in which they participate in this program. They receive credit for completing their internship, networking with industry professionals, participating in a Senior Capstone project, engaging in scheduled Friday visits to successful businesses, and completing assignments for an Entrepreneurship class. As you can see they have many expectations during the semester.
Students have a required number of networking events to attend each week, so it may be possible a student asks to rearrange hours in a particular week in order to attend an event. However, the work they will need to complete for their courses should generally not interfere with their daily expectations at your organization.
What does hosting a Friday visit entail?
Prior to a visit, students will research the company and complete a homework assignment. We always ask our host if there is an assignment in particular that may help the students prepare for the visit. During a typical company visit, the students will receive a company overview from our host(s), a tour of the office space and have time to ask questions.
We aim to develop location-specific aspects over time. A unique aspect of our Cincinnati program, for example, is that our students also tackle a challenge for the company. This gives them the opportunity to get to know the company even better and do a bit of work—it also gives our hosts an opportunity to get outside perspectives on any current projects.
How much time does the group need for a visit?
Our visits range from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. Students typically visit one company in the morning and one in the afternoon. If a visit time runs through lunch we’re happy to bring in food for the whole group.
Do we need to prepare anything for the visit?
We ask that you have a space for the students to sit for introductions and a company interview. In San Francisco we typically have a group of 20 students and in Cincinnati about 12 students. We are aiming to have a group of maximum 15 students for the first year of the program in Luxembourg.
What staff should be present at the visit?
Anyone that would like to be involved! Students appreciate the access to company founders and leaders, and of course any Miami graduates working at the company.
Miami University is thrilled that you are interested in the first international Digital Innovation Program in Luxembourg. Your interest allows us to provide our students with an unparalleled international professional experience before they have graduated from university.
MUDEC provides most of the support!
- Students will provide their own transportation to Luxembourg
- MUDEC Luxembourg will arrange lodging with local host families for each intern, when possible near the company’s office
- MUDEC Luxembourg will take care of all administrative tasks, such as ensuring that interns complete the necessary steps to obtain residency permits and transportation passes
- MUDEC Luxembourg will ensure that interns complete an integration program to life in Luxembourg upon arrival and will serve as first point of contact with any issues an intern may face while living in Luxembourg
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Students are matched for internship placements based on your organization’s needs and their qualifications, so this position should be a good working fit for both. As a result, we ask that you consider providing an optional stipend of up to €1,000 per month to offset living expenses. But MUDEC provides the housing, residency permits, transportation passes, and general support!
When can the student start the internship, and how long can they intern?
Our students’ program matches the dates of Miami University’s academic calendar. These days change each year; but for the Spring 2020 term, the start date will be Wednesday, January 29 and the end date will be Wednesday, May 13. And, if mutually agreeable, it may be possible for interns to continue into the summer.
Hosting a Visit at your Company
We are aiming to have a group of maximum 15 students for the first year of the program in Luxembourg.
Students appreciate the access to company founders and leaders, and of course any Miami graduates working at the company. Over 200 people from Luxembourg have studied at Miami University in the U.S., so you may have a Miami graduate working for your company without even knowing it.
Partnering on the Senior Capstone Project
Our cohort of students works on a client-based project for an entire semester, and we would love to partner with your organization to solve a real-world problem. If you are interested in being our client for our cohort’s Senior Capstone project in Luxembourg, please contact program management.