Internships may be full time or part time, paid or unpaid, a few weeks or a full year in length, for undergraduate or graduate students, local or international. Internships are vehicles for students to obtain pre-professional work, linking their academic studies to their career aspirations. Interns should be given significant work to do for the organization, with minimal hours of tasks such as filing and copying. This expectation differs from a part-time hire who is paid for performing whatever tasks the employer assigns, menial or not.
In certain circumstances, internships may be unpaid as long as they represent a legitimate training experience for the student. To ensure that such experiences comply with federal regulations, the National Association of Colleges and Employers has suggested that employers apply the following guidelines:
Please refer to the Department of Labor's website and consult your legal counsel if you have questions. The University of Hartford strongly encourages employers to pay the interns.
There are limited opportunities for students to receive credit for their internships, and those that exist require that tuition be paid.