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 15 to 20 hours during the semester. Summer internships can be anywhere from a few 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:
- The activity undertaken by the students need to be typical of an educational/vocational experience.
- The training is for the benefit of the students.
- The students do not displace regular employees, but work under the close observation of a regular employee or supervisor.
- 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.
- The students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the experience.
- The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the experience.
On-campus interviews for internships are available. See our On Campus Recruiting pages for more information on campus interviewing at the Toppel Career Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org