Hire a Hen

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Hire a Hen


UD alumni, parents and friends are often a student’s first connection to internship and full-time opportunities, and serve as advocates when employers make recruiting decisions. Contribute to the career success of a Blue Hen by sharing or creating opportunities at your organization!


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It's a great program. The intern was dedicated and worked seamlessly with our staff. I would recommend the program to any employer looking for a smart and dedicated intern.

- Stacy Roger-Gordon Interim Chief People Officer, Hetrick Martin Institute

UD has tremendously talented students and it is wonderful to work with interns each year.

- Hendrik-Jan Francke Owner Lead Strategist, Bright Orange Thread
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You can contribute to the Hire a Hen Program in the following ways:

    • Post an internship, part time/remote opportunity or full-time position at your place of employment and engage in the recruiting process by:
    • Taking an active role in facilitating UD student applications through your employer's hiring process; this could include talking to your HR department about UD, interviewing on campus or referring students for opportunities.

    • Serving as a resource for students applying for the internship or position at your employer by sharing information on your experience there, reviewing application materials and/or helping with interviews. Arrange an internship or full-time position specifically for a UD student.

  • Represent your employer at UD career fairs, information sessions and/or on-campus interviews.

Posting or arranging an internship or full-time position does not suggest that you are guaranteeing an opportunity to a UD student. While we hope that UD applicants will be strongly considered during the selection process, we understand that in almost all circumstances the employer is considering applications from other universities.

We are happy to post internships and full-time positions in a variety of industries and locations.

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If you are finding or forming an internship or full-time position:

Our employer relations team is available to work with you or the recruiting coordinator at your organization to answer any questions and ensure the position is advertised effectively to the University of Delaware student body.

Hire for part-time, virtual work:

Through providing Blue Hens with short term, professional assignments that can be done remotely, you can contribute directly to a student’s professional development from anywhere in the country! Examples of tasks may be: content creation, industry research, data cleansing and social media support. If you are interested in creating an opportunity like this, the Career Center is here to help!

For internships, full-time positions and part-time opportunities, contact:

Rena'e Love, Associate Director, Internships & Career Experiences
rlove@udel.edu, (302) 831-6414


To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

If your organization does not intend to provide compensation for internships, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to Internship Programs Academic credit legitimizes an unpaid experience, so employers may require students enroll in our Experiential Internship course, UNIV 364, to gain credit as part of the internship experience.

Click here for more information on how gain credit for an internship experience.

The UD Career Center is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.