Internships

"An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent." Read full position statement from National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

Academic Credit Please do not list academic credit as compensation; only faculty/academic departments can determine if an internship experience meets the requirements for academic credit (based on learning objectives, # of hours, supervision, etc...). It is the student's responsibility to consult with their academic department and to submit a detailed copy of their position description for academic approval.  Students are required to pay tuition and fees for any credits they earn for an internship. Students can not receive retroactive credit for an internship experience.

Compensation   For-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to offer interns compensation, based on the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act.    Unpaid internships will not violate the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act if it is a training program which meets the following criteria:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

For additional information, please refer to the Department of Labor's Guidelines »  

Criteria (used by the Center for Career Development) to determine if an experience can be defined as an Internship
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 NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. 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.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework. 
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor. 
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. 

Hourly Wage According to NACE's 2014 Internship and Co-op Survey, the average hourly wage for interns was $16.35 (pursuing Bachelor's degrees) and $22.58 (pursuing Master's degree).  Please note, salary may be higher due to geographic location and industry.  

Internship Posting Guidelines Are you creating an internship for the first time?  Take a look at our guidelines to help you draft your position.  It can also be extremely helpful to follow when students are seeking academic credit.  The more details you can provide, the better. 

Post Your Position on eBear  Log in HERE  to create an account. After you create your account you will then be placed in our "Holding Bin" which is an electronic holding place that gives us the opportunity to research the employer. You will then receive an email that you have been accepted or rejected. If accepted you can then go into the system and finish your profile, post full-time and part-time jobs, co-op opportunities, internships and review the calendar of all our upcoming events.