What is it?
An internship is a monitored and planned work experience designed by the employer to meet the organization’s needs, as well as the learning objectives of a student studying at a college or university. Internships can be full or part-time, paid or unpaid, usually no longer than a 16 week semester. Students who are studying at programs that are accredited by the NKBA are required to submit documentation that they have completed a 160 hour work experience/internship in the kitchen and bath industry in order to meet requirements for graduation from an accredited program.
What is the NKBA Intern Program?
The program supports, encourages, and recognizes NKBA member firms that register to help build an educated workforce by providing internships to students at programs accredited by the NKBA.
How long are the intern programs?
The internship is generally taken just before or during the final year of classroom work, providing real-world experience and enhancing and extending classroom learning. With preparation through classroom and internship experiences, a student who completes an NKBA Accredited curriculum should have the competencies considered to be the foundation for practice as a kitchen/bath designer. The length of time that you will have the intern can vary, but the NKBA requires 160 hours for the internship.
Questions that a Host Sponsor may ask during the interview could include:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your educational background?
- Are you attending an NKBA accredited school?
- If so, did you take all the kitchen and bath courses offered?
- Were the classes part of an Interior Design degree or a separate Kitchen and Bath degree or certificate?
- What courses did you specifically take? This will help determine if the intern will be a fit with your organization.
- What do you know about our organization?
- Why do you think you would do well at this job?
- What challenges are you looking for in this position?
- In what ways have your college experiences prepared you for a career?
- What are the most important rewards that you expect from your career?
- Do you have examples of your work?
- Do you design by hand or on the computer (20/20, Planit, CAD, other), or both?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
The following questions are ILLEGAL to ask during an interview:
- Marital Status
- Questions Regarding Children
- Family Planning
- Child Care Arrangements
- Race, Color, Religion
- Arrest Record
- Military Status
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