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Finding Interns

The University of Miami is proud to offer employers HireACane, powered by Handshake, our Career Management System. HireACane is designed to allow employers to post internships for FREE and manage their own accounts. 

The Toppel Career Center is committed to assisting organizations in their efforts to recruit University of Miami students for internship positions. The staff of the Toppel Career Center believes that quality internships are an extremely effective way for organizations to test, train, and recruit potential full-time employees while offering students an opportunity to learn and gain practical work experience.

Intern Compensation and the Law

In order to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, it is required that all employers that are for profit pay their interns, unless the intern is receiving academic credit. Government agencies and Not-For-Profits may host interns without pay. An intern's hours will vary depending on the time of year. Typically, students work around 10 to 15 hours during the semester. Summer internships can range from 15 hours per week to full-time. 

For an unpaid internship (for academic credit) to be a bona fide unpaid internship, the employer needs to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act which details that:

  1. The activity undertaken by the students need to be typical of an educational/vocational experience.
  2. The training is for the benefit of the students.
  3. The students do not displace regular employees, but work under the close observation of a regular employee or supervisor.
  4. The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of students, and, on occasion, the operations may actually be impeded by the training.
  5. The students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the experience.
  6. The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the experience.
Explore the Legality of Internships: Fair Labor Standards Act

Campus Interviews
On-campus interviews for internships are available. See our On Campus Recruiting pages for more information on campus interviewing at the Toppel Career Center.

Career Expo
Employers may recruit potential interns at Career Expo or other career fairs. Have more questions? Call us at (305) 284-5451 or send us at email at                                          

Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610