Your role as an Internship Supervisor
- During the internship experience, an employer must provide supervision, educational rigor and meaningful feedback to the student.
- Pratt student interns must be supervised by a professional in the field.
- Internships for credit must comply with Pratt Institute's semester schedule.
Internships offer a mutually beneficial experience for both employers and students.
Benefits of hiring a Pratt Intern
- Identify future entry-level hires
- Form a relationship with Pratt Institute
- Conduct low-risk recruiting
- Gain short term talent for special projects
- Student word-of-mouth can create a pipeline for additional interns
- Fresh idea generation
- Increased retention rate
- Provide students with real work experience
- Great public relations
- Increase work place diversity
- Project assistance
Please take into account that credit bearing internships add a financial burden for students who must pay tuition. There is only a small portion of students able to afford an unpaid, credit-bearing internship.
Expectations and learning outcomes of credit-bearing internships must be outlined at the beginning of the student's academic term through a Learning Contract written by the intern and the internship site supervisor, with guidance from the Internship Faculty.
Internships are now digital and paperless at Pratt and managed online through PrattPro. The Learning Contract will be e-mailed to the internship site supervisor via an automated process, along with periodic follow-up reminders for evaluation reports. Please create and/or update your Pratt Pro account so you can host Pratt interns for academic credit.
If you require assistance with your Pratt Pro login information please call 718-636-3506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Contract and evaluations will be viewed by the Internship Faculty and ultimately will influence the student's final grade. Your organization or company may also be asked to host an on-site visit, at which time the Internship Faculty will visit to meet the internship site supervisor and complete an internship site evaluation.
Internships for academic credit must adhere to Pratt Institute's semester schedule.
First day of class: August 29th (Students registering for internships after this period will have coursework to make up.)
Last day to register for academic credit: September 12th
First day of class: January 17th (Students registering for internships after this period will have coursework to make up.)
Last day to register for academic credit: January 31st
First day of class: May 14th (Students registering for internships after this period will have coursework to make up.)
Last day to register for academic credit: May 21st
Enrollment for internship credit after May 21th is handled on a case by case basis, and students must e-mail email@example.com to register.
International Students must go through additional approval processes within Pratt Institute in order to receive payment of any kind. This will require a letter signifying the organization or company has hired the student intern, the salary and the term of employment and a request for this letter will be made by the student.
A letter from the employer on letterhead stating:
- Period of your training (beginning and end dates)
- Number of hours/week
- Description of your job
- Name and location of the company
- Paid employment