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Develop an Internship Program

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  • Internship Toolkit
    • The Toolkit can help you develop and manage a quality internship program, as well as provide information about recruiting interns and hiring international students.
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Frequently Asked Questions

In planning to allocate resources for your internship program, compensation must be a consideration. An hourly wage can vary depending upon experience, skills desired, and industry; typically the hourly wage for an intern ranges from $8.00 to $25.00 per hour. If you are unable to budget an hourly wage, consider offering a monthly or semester based stipend to the student. All employers should discuss wage offers with their own Human Resources departments and legal counsel to ensure all rules and regulations are followed.

The employer must follow state and federal laws; otherwise, the employer should consult with their own Human Resources Department to determine policies and procedures.

Internships are flexible; students often plan their internship schedules around their class schedules on campus. A part-time internship can involve anywhere between 10 and 30 hours per week. Once you identify an intern candidate you will need to discuss their availability and agree on a schedule that will work for both parties. Many students will have greater flexibility to work closer to a full time internship during the summer semester. Again, include the approximate hours you are looking for in the internship job description and then discuss and settle on an agreement for required hours with the intern during the selection process. 

Internships can start at any time and do not have to follow the starting and ending dates of the academic semester. However, it is important to keep in mind that students will plan their course schedules and commitments around the academic semesters, so offering internships in line with that schedule may allow employers to recruit a wider array of talent. Internships can take place during summer breaks (typically May-August), during the fall (September –December) or the spring (January-April). An internship generally lasts between three to nine months and can begin in summer, fall, or spring.

Typically internship descriptions are posted at least two months prior to the proposed start date to allow for a one-month window for candidates to submit applications. This timeline can vary greatly by industry.

If students would like to earn academic credit for their internship there are many ways. Academic requirements to earn credit for internships may vary by department. Only the University and the department granting the credit can determine if an internship meets the educational criteria necessary for academic credit. Students can visit Get Credit for Your Internship to learn more about their options.

In most cases, interns are treated as employees and therefore the same laws apply. It is advised that you consult with your Human Resources department and/or seek legal counsel for further information and specific Department of Labor requirements.

This is at your discretion and you may continue an internship and/or extend an offer for future full-time employment once the internship has been completed.

Yes, if your organization and the intern can come to an agreement about full-time employment that is the ultimate win for both you and your intern!

Last Updated: 1/22/17