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Picture of Posting What is an Internship?
In accordance with NACE and the U.S. Department of Labor, OSU Career Services defines an internship as the following: “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”

Why should I hire an intern?

How do students benefit?

What Makes an Ideal Internship
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  • Real World Expereince
  • Extension of the Classroom
  • Hands on expereince
  • Insight into industry
  • Gain transferable skills

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  • Open Communications
  • Fun onboarding process
  • Provide a mentor
  • Continuous feedback
  • Reflection
  • Exit Interview
  • Housing during employment
  • Scholarships offered
  • Orientation for intern
  • Orientation of supervisor
  • Paid appropriate compensation for industry

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  • Open Communications with supervisors
  • Opportunities to meet company leadership
  • Professional development
  • Cross train in different area
  • Build connections to the community
  • Showcases interns work
  • Incentives for performance
  • Special projects
  • Goal setting


Do I pay an intern?
It is the responsibility of each employer to determine whether an internship should be paid or unpaid, based on labor laws. Each employer should be familiar with labor laws in order to determine eligibility based on the organization's specific internship opportunity. For more information about unpaid internships and labor law, please review the The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The primary beneficiary test is a “flexible test” with seven non-exhaustive factors:


Need additional resources to develop your Internship Program?
OSU Career Services- Creating an Ideal Internship from Scratch webinar
Society for Human Resource Management- How to Do Internships the Right Way
Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce- Create an Internship Program
12 Steps to Setting Up an Internship

Refer to these links for more information about internships from each college
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
College of Human Sciences
Spears Schools of Business

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