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Employers posting unpaid internships must meet the US Department of Labor "6 criteria test" for Unpaid Interns.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

  1. What is an internship?

    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.

    Internships can be:

    • for academic credit or non-credit
    • paid or unpaid
    • part-time or full-time
    • during the summer or over the course of a semester
  2. Why do an internship?

    An internship provides a valuable educational opportunity using real-world experiences. Internships bridge the academic and the "real world," allowing you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom to the world of work.

    Internships also

    • provide a networking base
    • give you the opportunity to improve and learn new skills
    • allow you to explore a variety of career options
  3. How to find an internship?

    Set Goals

    • Ask yourself these questions:
      • What skills do you want to develop?
      • What skills and abilities do you bring to the internship?
      • What types of internships interest you?
      • Where would you like to work?
    • Decide which period you would like to work: summer, fall, or spring semester.
    • Do you want academic credit or a not for credit internship?
      • Students interested in gaining academic credit for their internship should contact a department/division faculty member who offers an internship/field experience course.
    • Contact Career Services to assist you prepare for an internship search (resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, etc.)

    Internship Searching Assistance

    • Interested in a particular company or organization? Give them a call! Ask if they offer internships. Many companies do, but if they do not, you can ask their Human Resources department if they would consider creating a volunteer position.
    • Talk to professors, family, friends, and other who know you well for advice and suggestions for opportunities.
    • Talk with current students who have already completed an internship or may be completing one right now. Many companies will offer the same internship year after year.
    • Set up informational interviews with people that work in fields or for companies that interest you.

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