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Say Yes Buffalo Internship & Career Pathways Program Tips for Writing Effective Internship Descriptions

Detailed postings with limited technical jargon that provide an easy-to-understand overview of the position will lead to more interested, qualified applicants! Your internship position description should include the following information:


Organization Profile/Position Overview

Describe your company/organization and internship position with as much detail as possible, using easy-to-understand language. You want to depict the environment and illustrate the position as best you can to give the student an accurate idea of what they will be experiencing. This will also help the student to decide if they can picture themselves within your organization, industry, and internship position.


Students are excited to work hard and create results, but they also want opportunities that will aid them in their long-term professional development. Students are attracted to companies that care about creating stellar internship experiences. Their perception of your organization and their enthusiasm about the opportunity starts with your internship description.


Please provide your location here. This does not need to be an exact address; the name of a neighborhood or suburb such as Downtown Buffalo or Elmwood Village will suffice.


Intern Responsibilities and Learning Objectives:

  • Day-to-day duties and tasks

  • List specific responsibilities, such as writing press releases, managing digital content, researching and creating media lists, etc.

  • No more than 20% clerical work

  • Avoid using technical jargon and industry-specific acronyms when possible.

  • List two or three learning objectives that describe what the student should expect to learn through this internship. For example, “The ideal candidate will learn to write compelling online content,” and “Interns will gain experience in project and event management, public relations, and event logistics.”


Internship Benefits


  • Describe the mentoring and training the intern will receive. Please note, ongoing mentoring and training are key elements of all internships.

  • If the intern will participate in company meetings, networking events, or professional organizations, state that here. Students crave internships that will allow them to connect with professionals from whom they can learn.

  • Compensation (hourly rate, stipend) – we recommend a minimum of $12.50 per hour

  • If you have specific internship timeline information, such as the total length of the internship and desired hours, state that here. For summer internships, we recommend 20 hours per week, for a minimum of 10 weeks. For Spring or Fall internships, 10 - 12 hours per week during the course of the semester is compatible with student schedules.


Intern Requirements

  • Be as specific as you need to be, however, if you’re open to different majors and backgrounds, state that as well.

  • Degree or field of study

  • Years of experience—Some students shy away from applying to internships that require experience because they aren’t sure if their experience applies. Many internships do not require previous experience; if this is true for your organization, state it.

  • Skills and abilities

  • Computer applications/software experience necessary

  • Note if the position requires travel between locations and the use of a personal vehicle.


Application Procedure

  • List any additional materials you would like to receive along with resumes. For example, you may want to see some writing or design samples, or a cover letter.

  • If your organization/company requires an online application, please indicate if resumes and cover letters can be submitted for pre-screening prior to completion.

  • Provide a reasonable submission deadline—at least one month after the posting date​.

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