Structured, supervised Short-term (usually one term or one year) Perform tasks/projects to gain practical experience All levels of education Traditional and non-traditional students Community members Done for college credit or not Benefits both the intern and the organization
Fair Labor Standards Act 1. Training similar to that found in a vocational school or educational instruction 2. For the benefit of the intern 3. Interns do not displace regular employees; they work under supervision of staff 4. Employer receives no immediate advantage 5. Interns are not entitled to a job 6. Intern is not entitled to wages for their time Six requirements for an ethically sound unpaid internship
Good news! There’s an exception for the public sector and non-profits.
Making it a win-win experience What are the benefits for the intern? How do learners, staff or the program benefit?
Tips for a successful internship Plan in advance Interview for the best candidate Learn about the intern’s strengths Be clear about your goals Incorporate the intern’s goals Create a work plan together Check in regularly Ask for feedback Celebrate!