Internships

Employer FAQs

Please fill out the "Are you a company looking for an intern?" located on the menu on the left-hand side

You will then be contact by the Internship Specialist to complete the next steps in the partnership process. If you have any questions please contact Alexandra Camacho at alexandra.camacho@estrellamountain.edu or at 623-935-8741

We provide students with a "job-like" application process. Once you have submitted the "Are you a company looking for an intern" form, staff will upload the information to the EMCC Internship website so that students can find your opportunity. Students will then be prompted to fill out an online application, a resume, and a cover letter. All of which goes directly to the internship specialist. The internship specialist will then screen all incoming applications prior to sending them to the employer. Please consider ample time for this process to happen prior to when you would like the intern to start. Once you receive the applications from the Internship Specialist, you as the employer will then directly contact the student to schedule an interview.

No, we share the student applications with you to review and set up interviews.  We are trusting you in good faith that the applicant’s contact details will not be utilized for other positions or direct marketing campaigns.  

We typically limit the amount on hours based on if you will be paying your intern. Please see our scales below: 

  • If an employer is requesting for an unpaid intern, the intern will be limited to work a maximum of 20 hours a week with your organization. 

Why? Over 80% of community college students have part-time or full-time jobs while they are in school. If an employer is asking for unrealistic hours, it will be very difficult to get any interest from students to participate in your internship. College is expensive. 

  • If an employer is willing to pay an hourly wage for the intern, GREAT! This will increase the likelihood of not only getting interest from students, but the likelihood that the candidates will be well skilled and suited for the position. In this case, the student is essentially your "employee" therefore, the employer can request to have the intern work more hours. HOWEVER, we highly suggest to maintain flexibility with the student's school schedule. After all, we are wanting to insure they are not facing any obstacles in obtaining their degrees. 

You will be emailed with the following information when you choose a student to "hire" for the internship:

Review intern expectations with staff at your company.  Be sure to set-up a proper work-station complete with office supplies.  Don’t forget to review lunch breaks and directions to the break-room and restroom.  You may wish to include the intern in your lunch plans in that first day.

Sponsoring an intern is very different from supervising a regular employee.  Taking on an intern is a serious time commitment that offers a unique opportunity to combine quality teaching with mentorship and guidance. 

Review assigned project tasks and learning objectives on a scheduled basis.  Discuss goals and objectives of the internship during the first week.  Be prepared to engage in on-going discussions about progress and deliverables. 

Having an intern is a time commitment and providing on-going and timely feedback regarding performance is a critical feature.  The employer will provide the final intern performance evaluation highlighting areas of success and areas of opportunity for the intern and send it directly to the Internship Specialist.  Any performance issues should be discussed with both the intern and relayed to the internship coordinator immediately.   

It is important the intern has an opportunity to learn about your business beyond their project/duties.  We encourage businesses to assist with coordinate one-on-ones with the intern and other areas of the business and encouraging the intern to attend various meetings that will be beneficial to the learning objectives. 

Yes. Interns, whether paid or unpaid, are considered distinct and separate from volunteers.  Interns are seeking training and are working for academic purposes.  They are the primary beneficiaries of the internship experience and are most of the time receiving academic credit through their college.