Internship Information for Employers
Career Services acts as a clearing house for advertising internships. Internships are one-semester work experiences which provide students with the opportunity to gain career-related skills in a real-world work setting. They also provide employers an opportunity to observe the intern's performance, and can serve as a pipeline for future full-time employees.
Internships can be paid or unpaid and may be considered for academic credit. For an internship to count as academic credit it must be coordinated through the student's academic department, supervised by a faculty member, and the student must be enrolled in a formal internship course.
Career Services does not administer formal internship programs nor offer academic credit for internships. Students and employers must coordinate this through the student's academic department. If you are considering a paid internship for credit you may want to consider the cooperative education program outlined below.
Unpaid – For Credit Internships
Employers who are seeking students to fill unpaid internships and are expecting students to receive academic credit should consider the following:
- Internships for credit must be coordinated through an academic department, supervised by a faculty member, and the student must be enrolled in a formal internship course. There are only a few academic departments on campus that have formal internship courses. Career Services does not administer formal internships programs nor offer academic credit for internships.
- Due to new legislation, many students are not able to receive credit/and or may incur financial penalties for taking credit-bearing internship classes that increase their accumulated credit hours.
Unpaid – Not For Credit Internships
While the University prefers that all internships be paid, employers who wish to post unpaid internships must consider, as well as agree to, the following:
- Unpaid internships that do not meet the Department of Labor 6 prong test set forth in the Department of Labor Unpaid Internship Guidelines are considered in violation of labor laws. These guidelines can be found on the Department of Labor website.
Paid - For Credit Internships
If the position you are recruiting for meets the following requirements, you may want to consider Co-op as an option:
- Paid, experience with a minimum of 15 hours per week that follows the academic calendar (start/end dates follow class schedule for each semester). Experience can last multiple semesters but cannot be less than one.
- Student will be receiving hands-on training in their field of study, therefore, the position must require knowledge of a specific area of student (cannot be recruiting for "any major").
- On-site location with supervision by a professional in the student's field (not a remote assignment).
- Supervisor would set learning objectives with the student at the beginning of the semester and fill out an evaluation, provided by Career Services, at the end of each semester.