Internship Information for Employers
Learning outside the classroom is one of the distinct aspects of a Georgia College education. While many programs require students to complete internships, clinical experiences or practicum experiences prior to graduation, we also allow most majors to complete internships for academic credit. The University Career Center works in partnership with academic departments to identify and promote potential internship opportunities for students.
Requirements for Offering and Posting Internships
Companies, non-profits and government agencies who are offering a structured learning experience that would relate to a student's major or career goals may post the opportunity with the University Career Center. The positions are available online to students through Career Connection. Faculty and students are often notified of new internships opportunities through our weekly newsletter.
Each academic department is responsible for approving internships for academic credit. In general, faculty are looking for opportunities that offer substantial experience supervised by a professional in the field. Contact the Career Center, if you have specific questions about a program's requirements.
The University Career Center provides support to several departments in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Health Sciences on issues regarding internship paperwork. Please refer to information on our student internship site.
Length and Timing of Internships and Co-ops
Internships are typically semester long experiences that coincide with the beginning and ending of classes. Students may work anywhere from 10 - 30 hours per week, depending on the student's course load.
Co-ops are longer in nature and may extend from junior to senior year. Our undergraduate students are more likely to complete parallel co-ops where they attend classes while working no more than 20 hours per week. Graduate students may have more flexibility in their schedule to complete traditional co-op that requires full-time availability. Co-ops are always paid and often convert to full-time employment upon graduation for employees in good standing.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor released Fact Sheet #71 to provide guidance to employers about fair wages for interns in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. For-profit private corporations that offers unpaid internships should review the statement and determine how the criteria set by the Department of Labor fits their internship positions.
We recommend that all internship sites pay students if they cannot meet all six criteria. The following six criteria must be applied when making a determination on pay for an internship:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. (Department of Labor, 2010).