Internship SOU

The above named employer accepts the following responsibilities related to its participation in Purdue University’s Professional Practice Internship Program:
  1. Complete the Purdue Professional Practice employer accreditation process by: 1) reading and agreeing to this Statement of Understanding (SOU); 2) designating academic disciplines for which the employer intends to recruit; and 3) providing requested job posting and associated work plan information when the employer wishes to recruit students for internship positions. The employer’s agreement with the provisions of the SOU will serve as the basis for qualification of the employer to recruit students.  The work plan shall describe the assignments that a student might receive in each of the work sessions. The job posting/work plan description will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Faculty Coordinator(s) and School Coordinator(s) when the internship is posted signifying the employer’s approval to recruit students for the designated position(s).  
  1. Commit to provide at least one work session for an internship; length to be agreed upon by the employer, coordinator and student.
  1. Provide employment related to some phase of the student’s field of study. The work experience should supplement, enhance and utilize the student’s background. The work responsibilities should push the student to expand their technical abilities and enhance their educational development.
  1. Provide timely job interview closure to each student considering employment in the Professional Practice Program.
  1. Provide a safe work environment and diversified assignments to give the student a variety of experiences.
  1. Place the student under the supervision of a qualified manager who can provide the student with effective guidance and counsel during the work session and assist the student in adapting to the work environment and the organization.
  1. Pay the student a reasonable wage commensurate with the student's ability, experience, and the job responsibilities.
  1. Counsel with the student regarding job performance and complete a performance evaluation form at the end of the work session.
  1. Allow the collection of reasonable data for statistical evaluation purposes.
  1. Support and assist in the enforcement of the academic standards required for entrance to and continuation in the program. If the Employer’s requirements for minimum GPA for continuation in the program are more stringent than those specified by Purdue University (Good Academic Standing), the Employer will monitor and enforce its own standards, with assistance from Purdue University as may be required.
  1. State that the employer is an equal opportunity employer and abide by all local, state, and federal employment laws.
  1. Employers that fail to uphold these responsibilities and the expectations of the Professional Practice Programs at Purdue University may be subject to suspension of their program.
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