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Internships are great opportunities for students to gain career-related work experience. ASU Career Services does not have a formal internship program – but rather, we offer resources to connect employers offering internships with students seeking internships. Internships that meet the criteria listed below and are in compliance with our Recruiting Policy can be posted to Sun Devil CareerLink, our online career and internship board.
An internship is more than a part-time job or volunteer position, but rather a short-term, hands-on, supervised work experience with a professional organization that is designed to increase a student’s knowledge of a professional career field through significant learning objectives. An intern should not be expected to come into the role with all of the knowledge/skills necessary to do the job with little training/supervision.
At minimum, the outlined criteria below must be met to qualify as a professional internship:
Internship Credit: If a student is interested in receiving academic credit for an internship with your organization, they must contact their academic department to learn about eligibility and requirements. Internship requirements vary be degree program – you should not guarantee credit for your interns. Please keep in mind that students must also pay to receive internship credit at the same rate as tuition, and, beyond the hours they work for you as an intern, they are also required to complete additional assignments. Because of this, only about 50% of students pursue internship credit.
Unpaid Internships: ASU Career Services reviews all unpaid internships to ensure they are in compliance with U.S. Department of Labor standards.
The U.S. Department of Labor has developed six criteria for identifying a learner/trainee who may be unpaid. These criteria are as follows:
All six requirements must be satisfied in order for an intern to be deemed a non-employee trainee (exempt from FLSA minimum wage requirements). All unpaid internships are approved at the discretion of ASU Career Services and we reserve the right to deny internships that we believe are not in compliance with the FLSA.
If you are a nonprofit employer or government agency, consider providing compensation to:
Additional ways to compensate interns:
If you need general information regarding your internship posting or require assistance with developing an internship opportunity, please contact Career Services.
If you are seeking a student or recent graduate with career-related expertise to complete a project for you with little or no training provided, you are welcome to advertise the opportunity as a part-time position rather than as an internship. Please include in the title or description that this is a temporary project.