Getting Started and FAQ - NKBA Intern Provider

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What is an internship?

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.

Why hire an intern?

An internship is the doorway to working in the real world. As students from an NKBA Accredited Program look ahead to their futures, they need guidance from members like you who are willing to share your industry expertise. Educational institutions all over North America offer kitchen/bath curriculums accredited by the NKBA.

How can an intern benefit my company?

  • Year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Interns add enthusiasm and current industry knowledge to your company
  • Visibility of your organization is increased on campus
  • Quality candidates for ongoing projects
  • Freedom for professional staff to pursue more creative projects
  • Flexible, cost-effective work force, which does not require a long-term employer commitment
  • Proven cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
  • Your image in the community is enhanced as you contribute your expertise to the educational enterprise

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.

 The NKBA Intern Program:

  • Is offered free to NKBA Member Firms.
  • Provides a listing of your internship online and markets the opportunity to NKBA Member Students at programs accredited by the NKBA.
  • Supports firms who wish to help build an educated workforce by providing material to answer your questions about internships and assist in planning your firm’s internship opportunities.
  • Is flexible and adaptable to your organization’s needs.

 Can my firm register if we do not design kitchen and baths?

Yes.  Appropriate internships exist in all segments of the industry.  Students are required to complete internships in the kitchen and bath industry. Many attributes that students learn are transferable to all segments of the industry. Some examples of careers that accredited students excel at are:

  • Any industry-related retail firm, DPH Retailer, Tile Showroom, Dealer, Appliance Retailer
  • Manufacturer or Manufacturer Representatives
  • Builder/Remodeler
  • Cabinet Shop

How do I sign up?                             

  • Post your internship for a free 30-day period on the NKBA CAREERS page. Click here for a step-by-step procedure.
  • Complete the NKBA Intern Provider Application and send to to register your firm as a NKBA Intern Provider.  Upon receipt of this information, the NKBA will notify students at NKBA Accredited Programs of intern listings via social media including e-mail, Facebook, Yammer and Twitter.
  • The NKBA Intern Program eGuide is accessible online under the NKBA website under
    PARTICIPATE, HOST AN INTERN, Resources.  When planning and managing your intern program make use of the information available under resources, from checklists to assessments, schedules and evaluation materials, and more.


More information to help you complete the NKBA Intern Provider Application Form

 Should I list my internship as paid or unpaid?

This is a decision to be made by each individual firm. Policies regarding payment vary from one school to another and one locality to another.  It may be easier to attract students if you offer a paid internship.  Many times, students need to leave their current job that generates the income to support them to gain work experience in the field.  Interns may have additional living and transportation expenses.  If the student is earning school credits for the internship, they are also paying tuition for those credits. 


Do I have to offer travel or housing assistance?

This is attractive to students, and may be necessary if you are in an area that does not have an NKBA Accredited Program. 


What job tasks can the student expect to assist or participate in?

Students studying at NKBA Accredited Programs learn the competencies necessary to work as a kitchen and bath designer.  You should make a list of all the tasks that are performed at your place of business. The best internships allow the student to experience every aspect of the business.


My time is valuable.  Does becoming an intern provider require much time?

The ideal part of the program is the flexibility that the firm has in adjusting the time that is most convenient for the firm.  The NKBA requires students to complete 160 hours. This can be full or part-time hours over a period of time, usually not more than 16 weeks or a summer.  The Intern Provider Packet will help you develop a program to meet your needs and the needs of the student. It will be sent electronically or you may view it in the Participate section of the NKBA website under Host an Intern.


Is there much paperwork to complete?

The NKBA only requires employers to complete the NKBA Intern Program Application.  There may be some paperwork required by the student’s school.  However, schools are conscious of the need to simplify the process and usually have easy-to-complete forms.


I have found an intern. How do I remove my listing?

The registered firm may add or remove the listing at any time by sending a request to


I had such success; I would like to register again!

The NKBA looks forward to receiving your NKBA Intern Provider Application again.


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