Recruiting a robust, diverse candidate pool is an important step in finding the right intern for your organization. The resources below will help you get your internships in front of talented UW students and attract good-fit applicants.
- 6 Steps to Improve Equitable Hiring Practices
- Recruiting Candidates
- Consider international students
- Writing Internship Position Descriptions
- Think broadly about what majors might have the skill set you desire.
- In your position description, include a section on what interns can expect to learn, as well as start/end dates, hours per week, and pay.
- Offer compensation in order to attract the best and most diverse candidates. Over 80% of internship postings in our database are paid and they receive an average of 12 applications, compared to 4 applications for unpaid internships. Offering pay also increases the investment of all involved and helps ensure that students from all backgrounds have equitable access to internships. For-profit employers should offer pay unless they can meet DOL Guidelines.
- In the 2020-21 school year, winter quarter was the most popular time for Huskies to be searching for internships. There were 5,179 unique UW-Seattle undergrads seeking internships in Handshake between Jan and March; 3,526 between Oct and Dec; and 2,313 during July and September.
- About two-thirds of Huskies want to do summer internships, but internships can take place at any time of the year.
- Try to post your internship 3-6 months ahead of when you want an intern to start.
- In some disciplines, summer intern recruitment often happens in autumn; these include tech, engineering, accounting, finance, and consulting.
- Hiring Gen Z for Internships
- U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet 71 on Unpaid Interns
- Recruiting students with disabilities