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Internship Employer FAQ's

What is an Internship?

An academic internship integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. This work/learning arrangement is typically overseen by a faculty or staff member of the university and is typically the length of an academic term. It may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid.  An integral component of the internship experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is structured and deliberate reflection related to learning objectives. Usually students enroll in a related class for academic credit.

What should we be thinking about as we design an internship?

As a sponsoring organization, you can offer substantive work experiences that support students' academic and career goals. Some questions you might consider as you design a quality internship are:

  1. What projects will we assign to the intern?
  2. Who will provide good training and supervision?
  3. Will we offer any opportunities for professional development, participation in meetings and trainings?
  4. How will we provide orientations for the intern?
  5. How will we provide feedback?
  6. Can we pay the intern?
  7. Where will we put the intern?

How do I get started?

To get started, simply register and post your internship on our Catamount Job Link. This is allows you to specify the majors you are looking for, work responsibilities, and the times of the year the internship is available. UVM students access these postings and contact you directly, allowing you to interview and select the student(s) who are the best fit for your position. If students have questions about obtaining credit, you can refer them to UVM Career Service.

What are the time requirements?

Internships generally last 12-15 weeks and can be anywhere from 6-40 hours per week, depending upon how many credits the student is enrolled for, and how much related academic work they will be completing.

How are students awarded credits for internships?

Some students earn credits through their academic majors; others may
enroll in the Service Learning Internship class or an elective class in another department. Career Center serves as a resource to help students decide which option may work best for their particular circumstances.  Most commonly, students work about 10 hours/week and complete associated class assignments for a three-credit internship class.  Academic assignments must be completed concurrently with the work experience and students work with faculty on this part of the internships.

Can interns be paid? Must they be paid? What are the U.S. Department of Labor standards regarding internships?

Compensation is not required regulated by the university. However, with the financial demands that are a reality for today's students, many are looking for some form of remuneration. Additionally, the Department of Labor has identified standards for internships.

Employers do not have to pay interns who qualify as learners/trainees. The U.S. Department of Labor has outlined six criteria for determining trainee status:

1) Interns cannot displace regular employees
2) Interns are not guaranteed a job at the end of the internship (though you may decide to hire them at the conclusion of the experience)
3) Interns are not entitled to wages during the internship ( although they ate allowed to earn wages)
4) Interns must receive training from your organization, even if it somewhat impedes the work
5) Interns must get hands-on experience with equipment and processes used in your industry
6) Interns’ training must primarily benefit them, not the organization.

For additional information regarding these standards, see their U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71

If you are unsure whether your internship meets these criteria, we recommend that you consult with your attorney.                                
I have an intern starting soon. What should I be thinking about?
Some questions you might want to consider include: Can I pay the intern? Where will we provide space for the intern? Who will provide good supervision? What are the projects we will assign to the intern? Will we offer any opportunities for professional development, participation in meetings and trainings? How will we provide orientation for the intern? How will we provide feedback?

Ready to post an opportunity? Log in to Catamount Job Link. If you are new to the system, simply register as a new employer and then you will be able to post job and internship opportunities.  Questions? Contact Career Center at 656-3450 or


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