Internship Experience Specialist (IES)

Posted: June 3, 2022    

Internship Experience Specialist (IES)

The Internship Experience Specialist provides guidance in self-assessment and personal career development to students pursuing an internship.  The Internship Experience Specialist is expected to act as a liaison between internship site connections and students. The top priorities of this position include working a student caseload and internship site caseload, matching the two based on “person-job fit” and what the student’s long-term career goals are. 

Career development begins with a thorough understanding on the students’ career goals, skills and abilities as well as the students’ interest. The IES will provide guidance in self-assessment and personal career development to students pursing an internship. Students are assisted in exploring potential internships and shadowing opportunities that match up with their skills, traits, values, interests, and goals in order to develop a meaningful career upon graduation.

All employees must understand the mission of Catholic higher education and be committed to the Mission Core Values, goals and objectives of Holy Family University.

Essential Functions - Job Development/Employer Support

  • Provide placement support for students within the majors that require an internship. 
  • Assist with enhancing and increasing Experiential Learning for students.
  • Research internship opportunities to match with students.
  • Network and reach out to employers, including independent travel to conduct site visits.
  • Initiate and maintain ongoing personal contacts with a variety of business representatives from fields that support the needs of Experiential Learning.
  • Make cold calls/warm calls to potential employers/continuing partnerships; explain the benefits and employment support services provided to employers by the Experiential Learning Department.
  • Match internship skills with students’ qualifications/interests. 
  • Refer qualified students to employers and conducts necessary follow-up until student interns are placed in internship opportunities. 

Essential Functions - Program Support

  • Assist interns in assessing their job skills for positions.
  • Instruct students in internship seeking, application procedures, resume writing, interview preparation, and job retention skills and attitudes.
  • Assist participants in preparing job search portfolio. 
  • Arrange for mock interviews; provide labor market and community resource information.
  • Track participant activity and progress data in database system.
  • Track employer activity/job development progress data in database system. 
  • Assist in the collection of Learning Agreements/Student Intake Forms/Mid-Term Evaluations.
  • Work with Director of Career Development to ensure that students evaluate and reflect upon their internships to explore how their activities are meaningful as well as how this experience fits within their broader career and life goals.
  • Participate in outreach and recruitment activities. 

Non-Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Participate in professional development activities within the Campus Community, including participation in committees based on recommendations/approval from Director of Career Development. 

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Resources, Interdisciplinary Humanities, or related field is required.  Completion of an internship program is preferred.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a staffing/career services agency, externship or internship placement, preferred.
  • Experience in higher education, providing career counseling, coaching or advising college students is preferred.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding of student development, job development and business to business relations/sales. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of resume/cover letter writing. 
  • Well-developed written and oral communication.  
  • Effective interpersonal, organizational, and team-building skills.   
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability.
  • Proven ability to provide guidance to others.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

Qualified candidates may apply by sending a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, all applicant materials to careers@holyfamily.edu