What is an Internship?

PIcture of student networking

Career Services is exicted to support the internship opportunities your organization provides as a fundamental part of a student’s education and career development.

Internship Recruitment Policies

Internships must abide by the criteria for an experience to be defined as an internship, set forth by Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Position Statement on U.S. Internships. Employers agree to these terms upon registering with Handshake and all internship postings must clearly demonstrate alignment with our policies.

Your Responsibility as an Internship Provider

  • Ensure that all hiring managers and internship supervisors abide by employer policies (specific internship criteria in 4.0)
  • Review important Compensation and Credit information prior to recruitment
  • Identify the key professional staff member(s) who will supervise the intern(s)
  • Create internship position descriptions that depict training and mentorship, desired qualifications of applicants, and the benefit of the internship for students
  • Design and implement a well-planned application, interview, and orientation process for new interns
  • Provide consistent supervision and feedback to interns that includes goal setting, ongoing training, and final evaluations

The most popular type of internship is part-time, approximately 10-20 hours per week for a minimum of one quarter (10 weeks). A well-designed internship will provide students with professionally-oriented activities that will enable them to experience work similar to that of an entry-level professional in the field; however, the student will not assume work that a regular employee would routinely perform. Clerical or non-professional tasks must be limited to 20% or less of the overall responsibilities.