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Internship FAQ for Employers

  1. What is the purpose of an internship?
  2. How do I know the student is an "Intern" and not an "Employee"?
  3. Are Interns paid or unpaid?
  4. What are the responsibilities of the different parties during the internship?

1.  What is the purpose of an Internship?
The internship is designed to provide students with a guided introduction to the professional working world at or near the end of their program of study.

2.  How do I know that the student is an “intern” and not an “employee”?

The Department of Labor uses six criteria to determine whether an intern is an employee. Refer to the U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet.

3.  Are interns paid or unpaid?

The decision to pay an intern is solely at the discretion of the employer. Private, for-profit employers are subject to the U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet. If an intern is paid, that person is considered a temporary employee.

4.  What are the responsibilities of the different parties during the internship?

The faculty for the internship course sets the specific requirements for each internship. For general guidelines, refer to Responsibilities for Students, Employers and Faculty.