Stephen F. Austin State University

Lumberjack Internship Program

What is the Lumberjack Internship Program?

The Lumberjack Internship Program was designed to provide SFA students with experiential education opportunities in the form of internships through collaboration with the campus community and area employers.

Getting Started

If you are an employer with a need for an intern, here's how to get that position filled:

  1. Determine goals
  2. Develop a plan
  3. Recruit your intern @ SFA
  4. Interview candidates and an hire intern
  5. Orient your intern
  6. Supervise and evaluate your intern
  7. Keep focus on the future
  8. Reflect on internship experience and how you can improve it
  9. Your intern is now a walking billboard for your organization!
  10. Keep recruiting @ SFA!

Internship Description Builder

Not sure how to set up your intern job description? We have created a simple tool for you based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) internship criteria and the Fair Labor Standards Act in order for you to construct a recognized intern position and job description.

Internship Description Form

Answers to your important questions

How does my organization benefit from hiring an intern?
  • Gain year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Find new perspectives to old problems by involving student interns
  • Meet peak or seasonal needs without long-term commitment
  • Freedom for professional staff to pursue more creative projects
  • Generates pipeline of qualified candidates to meet future recruiting needs
  • Increase visibility and branding of your organization on SFA campus
  • Enhancement of staff supervisory skills
  • Fulfill a civic and professional responsibility
  • Help to keep college-educated talent in our region
How do I obtain an SFA Intern?

Advertise your internship position with SFA Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) through our Jobs4Jacks website. Jobs4Jacks is the employment website that all SFA students are directed toward when seeking an internship, a part-time off-campus position, or full-time employment.

Other marketing suggestions:

  • Jobs4Jacks
  • Career Expo
  • Market to academic departments
  • Information table
  • Pine Log
  • MySFA announcement
  • Send materials to student organizations
  • Speak at a student organization meeting
  • Social media outlets: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blog, etc.
  • Coordinate with faculty to speak in classroom(s)

When should I begin looking for an intern?

Promote your internship EARLY as students seeking an internship for course credit will need ample time to get their internship opportunity approved by the chair of their academic department. We suggest advertising your internship 3 to 4 months before you need your intern to begin.

Is there a difference between an internship and a summer job?

Yes, for the most part. An internship is a structured program with specific learning objectives. The internship is set in a learning environment for academic credit and reserved for students. In contrast, a summer job is primarily pursued to earn money. It may or may not be related to a student's career interests; a "summer job" for one student could very well be an "internship" for another.

What is expected of me as a Site Supervisor if I hire an SFA intern?

First and foremost, appreciate that the student you will select for the internship has learning objectives related to their field of study. Work with your intern to incorporate their learning goals into the internship. In addition, we ask that the Site Supervisor maintain regular contact with the intern's Faculty Advisor as well as provide a safe, supervised and structured worksite that provides the intern with real job skills, training and productive feedback.

What should I do if there is a problem with my intern or the internship program?

Should you anticipate a dilemma or if any problems arise, contact your intern's Faculty Advisor with whom you've been working.

Can interns be classified as independent contractors or volunteers?

Probably not. The independent contractor designation doesn't fit in with the operation of most internship programs.

In the typical internship program, the employer exercises control over the result to be accomplished and means and manner by which the result is achieved. Because of this (although there are some other considerations), the courts are allowed to consider the intern an employee, not an independent contractor.

Classifying interns as volunteers is equally problematic. DOL regulations define a volunteer as an individual who provides services to a public agency for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons without promise or expectation of compensation for services rendered. Most internships don't fit with that definition.

Must an international student serving an unpaid internship claim the internship time period as part of his or her practical training time? Can the student serve the internship without authorization from the INS?

The following information has been provided with permission by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This is provided as a courtesy and for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice from the university or as creating any attorney-client relationship with SFA. SFA makes no warranties or representations as to the accuracy of any of the following. All individuals are encouraged to consult with their own legal counsel for specific legal advice for their individual situation.

Immigration law states that if a foreign student is found to be "out of status," which could include working in practical training without the appropriate authorization, the student may be barred from re-entry into the United States for a period of five years. Thus, you should seek legal counsel from an attorney before agreeing to permit an international student to participate in an unpaid internship without receiving appropriate INS work authorization approval.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?

SFA's Center for Career and Professional Development would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. You may reach us by phone at 936.468.3305 or email at .

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