One differentiation program in President University from other universities is its two-semester internship program. The internship program is done in the 4th and 7th semesters by those who are registered students of President University. Those students must have finished their 3rd semester and have been approved by the university and accepted by a company or industry in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas.
Internship program in President University is a part of the university’s academic programs during four-year academic duration which is an actual way to learn through experience working in the industry. The setting of the internship program provides fascinating and valuable opportunities for experiential learning and serves as a bridge between education and business.
Through the internship program, the students experience the knowledge transfer gained in the classrooms to task such as problem solving, critical thinking and working as a member of a team. Essentially, by getting the opportunity to join the internship program, students can get the feeling of how working environments are and how to get involved together with other colleagues on the field.
During the internship program, students will be supervised both by academic supervisor and on-site supervisor.
The academic supervisor is a registered lecturer of President University and approved by the university management. He or she provides academic advice to the intern on how to analyse the job and relate it to the theory they learned in classes. Besides that, the academic supervisor should guide the intern to prepare their final report and regularly meet the intern on the spot. Providing regular information to the management about the performance of the intern is also the academic supervisor’s responsibility. At the end of the internship program, he sits as panel member on the final evaluation and grading the intern.
On the other hand, on-site supervisor is a staff in industry or company recommended by the university or chosen by the company itself who will be responsible for introducing the intern to key people within the company and willing to supervise day-to-day activities of the intern. He or she will familiarize the intern with the office equipments and procedures. Another thing is that the on-site supervisor guarantees the security of the intern and provides company’s code of conduct. At the end of the internship program the on-site supervisor writes a final report as he or she is the person the intern asks for questions regarding the tasks assigned.
Furthermore, the internship program of President University has some purposes. First purpose is to maximize the students’ learning experiences related to career-oriented objectives. Another goal is to develop the students’ abilities to achieve performance goals based on the responsibilities and duties associated with entry-level positions in merchandising. Last purpose of the internship program is to develop the students’ abilities to assess and direct achievement of specified performance goals.
The internship program itself has several evaluative expectations such as the success of the interns in achieving the learning objectives and scopes of work, the students’ development of key competent and skills, unexpected accomplishments of the interns, the students’ personal and professional developments as well as the students’ development for the future use regarding the resources and the contacts.
Besides the points mentioned above, the internship program also enhances the essential criteria of the interns like the quality of work performance, working relationship with others, oral and written communication skills, maturity, leadership characteristics, initiative, motivation, willingness to accept responsibilities and the interns’ overall performance.