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With a well-rounded liberal arts education, exceptional character, and 21st century knowledge and professional skills gained from their curricular and co-curricular preparation, graduates of Cornerstone University are well-equipped for the world of work and graduate studies.

The Center for Career and Life Calling is committed to partnering with employers to develop high impact recruiting experiences both on campus and off campus. The Center appreciates your efforts and significant investment of time and financial resources to recruit Cornerstone candidates.

Please contact us at 616.222.1433 or career@cornerstone.edu to arrange an on-campus recruiting experience and to inquire of other opportunities, including career fairs and special events throughout the year including a program for employers looking to start an internship program.

The Career and Life Calling team looks forward to partnering with you to acquire the talent you seek for your organization!

Recruit a Cornerstone Student or Alum

You are invited to post your internship or job postings on Handshake, our online career platform. Employers can share opportunities exclusively with Cornerstone or you can opt to share with a larger population from colleges/universities such as Aquinas College, Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan who also utilize Handshake.  Your reach is up to you depending on your recruitment needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few short videos outlining the four steps to get started.

Expectations for Hosting a Student

Cornerstone University follows the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE) to define an academic internship:

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Students are responsible for enrolling in the internship course, initiating the process to receive academic credit for the experience and completing work outside their time with the host organization as part of their internship. Each student has an internship faculty instructor and a course syllabus.

Supervisor Requirements

To help ensure a valuable learning experience for your organization and our students, please adhere to these guidelines:

  • Provide a written position description for the internship to the student during the interview process. Based on this position description, each intern creates learning objectives in consultation with his or her faculty member. Your proposed position description should include:
    • Name of the organization and its location
    • Immediate supervisor's name and contact information
    • Overview of the position (e.g., preferred qualifications, roles and responsibilities)
    • Required time commitment (e.g., overall position duration and/or hours per week)
    • Compensation (if applicable). According to the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines, internships may be full-time or part-time roles that are paid or voluntary.
  • Consider the internship a learning opportunity. As such, someone with at least two years of professional industry experience should incorporate mentoring and guidance into the experience. Internships should be a win-win for the student and the organization. The student has the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience while continuing to develop professional readiness while the organization benefits from the student's work product.
  • Complete a mid-term and final evaluation. The intern's faculty instructor will send you these forms. In addition, you are also encouraged to share your feedback with the intern at the same time as completing the evaluation. Your feedback makes a big difference and is part of the student's grade for the internship course.

Performance Evaluations

If you bring a Cornerstone student on board, please add notifications@joinhandshake.com to your email contact list to ensure you receive necessary communication such as the approval, mid-term and final evaluation. The sender is Handshake and the subject line is "You have an experience to approve." There is no physical paperwork to complete.