Employer Resources

This page includes links to websites inside and outside the university and is designed to give you ease of access to information regarding ORU students, creating and posting internship opportunities and external professional networking tools.

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External sites are not maintained by ORU, and ORU Career Services makes no guarantees regarding the services and products that these sites offer. Career Services provides these links as a service and cannot be held liable for any pursuant problems arising from the use of these websites. 

Employer Internship Guide

Below is information about internship development for your organization.  If you would like to talk further about internships for ORU students please contact Career Services at 918.495.6912 or careers@oru.edu.  Internships for Oral Roberts University students can be posted online in the Golden Hire Network.

What is an Internship?

The purpose of an internship is to involve students in a professional work environment.  An internship allows students to apply classroom knowledge through a practical career experience.  Most often, an internship is a one-time work experience lasting one semester.  Students can perform a multitude of tasks; anything from clerical assistance to project leadership.

Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Whether or not a student is paid for an internship depends upon the organization and the field of study.  Below are a couple of factors to consider with regard to internship compensation.

Every intern is not required to receive compensation for their work and experiences.  It is generally agreed upon; however, that the quality and number of qualified candidates may be dramatically decreased when an internship is unpaid.  In fact, in some fields such as Accounting or Engineering, paid internships are the norm.

Employers that choose to compensate students generally pay approximately 75% of what a full-time, entry-level employee would be paid.

If your business does decide to administer an unpaid internship, there are certain legal requirements that must be met.  Concerning unpaid internships, consultation with an attorney to develop an intern agreement is recommended. 

Click here to view several important legal requirements for unpaid internships.  On this link the US Department of Labor has a "test for unpaid interns" list to help you comply with DOL regulations.

Creating an Internship Program

Setting up an internship program is similar to starting any project.  It is crucial you have a plan.  Begin by simply determining your needs, and preparing job descriptions and position postings.

 Detailed steps on designing your program. 

Recruitment Strategies

  • Post any available internship opportunities to our online career database, the Golden Hire Network.
  • Conduct on-campus interviews through  ORU Career Services.
  • Register and attend ORU Career Expo events (one every fall and spring semester).
  • Contact the Career Services office directly with your career and internship opportunities; 918.495.6912 or careers@oru.edu.

Internships and College Credit

Partnering with students through their degree programs is another way to ensure great internship recruits.  Many majors require time as an intern and offer students credit hours based on the responsibilities and duration of the internship program.  

Majors and Minors

Internship Requirements

Credit Hours Offered

Accounting Highly recommended 1 or 3 elective credit hours
Business Administration Highly recommended 1 or 3 elective credit hours
Computer Information Technology Internship required 3 hours
Dance Performance Internship required 3 hours
Drama/ TV/ Film Performance Internship required 3 hours
Engineering Highly recommended No credit offered
Computer Highly recommended No credit offered
Electrical Highly recommended No credit offered
Mechanical Highly recommended No credit offered
Engineering Physics Highly recommended No credit offered
Environmental Sustainability Required and scheduled for junior year 3 hours
Finance Highly recommended 1 or 3 elective credit hours
Government Practicum required (must be government related) 3 hours
International Relations Internship required 3 hours
Practical Politics Internship required (must be government related) 3 hours
Pre-Law Highly recommended No credit offered
Graphic Design Print Internship required 3 hours
Graphic Design Video Internship required 3 hours
Health and Exercise Science    
Exercise Specialist Internship required 12 hours
Pre-Physical Therapist Internship required 5 hours
Pre-Sports Medicine Internship required 5 hours
History Internship required (must be directly related to history) 3 hours
International Community Development Internship required 3 hours
Leadership Studies Practicum required 3 hours
Management Highly recommended 1 or 3 elective credit hours
Marketing Highly recommended 1 or 3 elective credit hours
Mathematics Recommended No credit offered
Media Internship required for all majors  
Advertising Internship required 3 hours
Convergence Journalism Internship required 3 hours
Multimedia Production Internship required 3 hours
Public Relations Internship required 3 hours
Ministry and Leadership Ministry practicum required for all majors  
Church Administration Ministry practicum required 3 hours
Educational Ministries Ministry practicum required 3 hours
Evangelism and Outreach Ministry practicum required 3 hours
Music Arts Internship required for most majors  
Art Internship required 3 hours
Technology Internship required 3 hours
Vocal Internships and student teaching done only through ORU-sponsored programs  
Organizational/Interpersonal Communication Internship required 3 hours
Pastoral Christian Ministries Practicum required for all majors  
Local Church Pastor Practicum required 3 hours
Missions Practicum required 3 hours
Pastoral Care Practicum required 3 hours
Youth Ministry Practicum required 3 hours
Psychology Not required, but may receive credit for an internship 3 elective credit hours
Recreation Administration Internship required 5 hours
Sacred Music Internship required 3 hours
Spanish Not required, but may receive credit for an internship 1-4 credit hours
Theatre Arts Internship required 3 hours
Worship Arts Internship required 3 hours
Writing Not required, but may receive credit for an internship up to 6 credit hours

Having a Successful Internship

Intern-employer relations are a vital aspect of your program.  It is important to stay organized and specific in task assignments as well as your expectations of your interns.  One of the benefits of an intern is their wide range of versatility in assignments.  Find specific needs within your company and designate each intern to a particular department or task.  Your internship can greatly benefit your company without taking unfair advantage of your interns or departments.  Click below for tips on effectively hiring, incorporating and managing interns.

Ten Tips for Internship Success

After the Internship

When the internship is over, it is often required to academically evaluate an intern's performance and progress.  Each degree area will have varying paperwork that you will need to complete in order for the intern to receive credit.  Schedule an exit interview with the intern; this will allow time for both of you to discuss the experience.

For your records, keep a copy of the evaluation.  This will give you valuable information as to whether or not you want to participate as an internship-provider in the future.  It will also provide feedback on how you can update and improve the program to work better for you.

As an intern provider, you are under no obligation to hire the intern as a permanent employee.  Failure to hire will not affect your interactions with ORU in the future.  Keep in mind however, that interns are often great hires after receiving training and valuable experience within your company!

We wish you success, and hope your internship experiences are very positive!