The Career Development Center is proud to partner with you to turn our students and graduates into your future employees.
Lipscomb University is highly respected as an institution that prepares its students to think broadly and critically, bringing innovative solutions to current challenges in all fields.
The Career Development Center teams up with employers to develop high-caliber graduates well equipped to transition from student to employee. Beyond technical training, our students demonstrate a deeper sense of purpose that translates to successful relationships and tenacious work ethic in your organization.
Prepare the future workforce
Employer interaction is built into our academic programs, ensuring that students are acquainted with their professional environments prior to day one. Our students are thoroughly prepared for the workforce through experience that employers like you can provide:
Students participate in college internships to gain relevant experience in their fields. Offering internships to students allows you to build a pipeline of future employees while training students to join the workforce. If you are interested in advertising your internship opportunities, contact ____
The interview is a student's key selling tool and an employer’s key discovery tool, yet many students have little experience with job interviews before graduating. We work to ensure both parties benefit by thoroughly preparing students for the interview process. If you are interested in connecting with a particular major and providing feedback through practice interviews, email ____
Mentoring and Job Shadowing
Many outstanding students want to learn from professionals in their field who are willing to share their expertise either through a one-time shadowing or through a mentoring relationship. You are a valuable resource for many of the questions students face at this point in their lives.
Connect with students
Hiring employees through the Career Developments Center simplifies the recruiting and interviewing process for you by providing a wealth of qualified candidates. We can be your No. 1 resource for hiring future talent for your organization. Qualified Lipscomb students and alumni look to us for help connecting to employers.
Advertise job opportunities
Use the Handshake job posting platform to help Lipscomb students easily find your job opportunity. Post your listing at lipscomb.joinhandshake.com.
Recruit on campus
Meet students from all departments by taking part in campus career fairs, networking events and interviews.
Sponsor Career Development Events
Make your brand recognizable to Lipscomb students and strengthen your connections with your future hires.
Lipscomb is excited to be part of Handshake, the nation’s largest job posting platform that allow employers to post jobs and internships for our students and alumni. Employers can create an account and post jobs for free at joinhandshake.com/employers. A CDC representative will approve your account and job, so there will be a short turn around time. We are very interested in partnering with you to learn more about your staffing needs.
Lipscomb is not posting babysitting or personal jobs. We recommend contacting Sitting Made Simple (www.sittingmadesimple.com) or TAKL (www.takl.com) for these types of jobs.
Our commitment is to build strong relationships with employers. Beyond the job posting process, our services connect you to talented students through more personal engagement. Several opportunities exist for you to partner with our office and connect with the Lipscomb community.
Practice Interview Sessions
Build your brand on campus by serving as a practice interviewer. These sessions help prepare our students for the job search. As the interviewer, you ask real interview questions and give the students professional feedback about their interviewing skills. Contact us at email@example.com to express interest in helping students hone their interview skills virtually.
Serve as a Mentor
Exploring career options understandably raises a lot of questions for students. Mentorship helps students explore careers by linking them with those interested in providing information and guidance about their chosen professions.
The amount of time and frequency devoted is entirely up to each mentor. Whether through a shadowing experience or a more long-term mentoring relationship, this gives students an "inside look" at career options through informational interviewing, networking and observation.
Short-term internship programs offer students real world professional development through supervised learning opportunities while helping employers fill their staffing needs.
Details of Internships
Internships may occur in the fall, spring and/or summer semesters. Internship range from 2-9 months in duration, although the average internship lasts about a semester. A normal workweek is usually between 10 and 15 hours, although some students are interested in working longer hours. Details about the number of hours worked, length of internship, rate of pay and other specifics are negotiated between employers and potential interns with the guidance of a faculty adviser or the Career Center. Normally, an intern does not receive employee or retirement benefits.
Types of Internships include:
- Paid or Unpaid
- Academic credit or experience only
- Note: Students earning academic credit are required to pay for the hours earned. For this reason, internships that are “unpaid and for credit only” receive the least amount of interest from students.
Employers offering internships for academic credit must comply with university guidelines while offering the student a variety of opportunities that are relevant to the academic department granting credit. For interns receiving academic credit, the internship duration should coincide as closely as possible to the semester in which the student is receiving credit.
- Fall: mid-August through early December
- Spring: January through early May
- Summer: June through July
The university gives credit based on learning outcomes, we call them “objectives," and the overall value to the student completing your internship. These objectives should describe the skills, activities and professional development opportunities relative to the academic major you are targeting with the opportunity. For example, a marketing internship might offer new client identification, marketing collateral development including content development, research and execution, and sales training prior to entering the field to call on new clients.
Employers must sign an agreement that they are offering credit, complete an initial performance review and submit a final evaluation of the intern’s performance.
Any intern seeking academic credit must meet the total number of required hours that coincide with the amount of academic credit they seek.
- 1 Academic Credit = 10 hours for 13 weeks (for fall and spring interns), 130 hours (for summer interns)
- 2 Academic Credits = 12 hours for 13 weeks (for fall and spring interns), 156 hours (for summer interns)
- 3 Academic Credits = 15 hours for 13 weeks (for fall and spring interns), 195 hours (for summer interns)
Not all internships must be completed for academic credit if the student does not need the credit to graduate. In this case, the student would work for an organization as a part-time temporary employee. It is recommended that all of these types of positions be paid to meet government regulations for interns.
Posting Information: Email Monica Wentworth to request access to Handshake or post the job there with your Handshake login credentials.
Internship Progam Questions: Contact Allison West, assistant director of career development and internship coordinator.
Internships that are for experience only are more like a part-time temporary work arrangement between the student and the employer. Many students may not need additional internship credit to graduate and elect to do it for experience only. Employers must determine if that fits their structure.