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Hosting an internship can be a great experience for both employers and students. A successful internship experience provides students with practical and meaningful experiences directly related to their career choice. It gives them an opportunity to "test-drive" a position and apply classroom learning in a professional work setting.

Internships provide host employers with energetic, high-achieving workers that bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the organization. Employers also have the opportunity to identify potential future employees, increase diversity, and build relationships with colleges.

Internships & Unpaid Internships
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.

As such, all internships posted with OSU Career Services should meet the following criteria:
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 U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Guidance Letter.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the six factors below to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for purposes of the FLSA:
If all of the factors listed above are met, then the worker is a "trainee," an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the worker. Generally, this allows the experience to be an unpaid internship, but we expect all employers to research the topic thoroughly to find the best option for each individual organization and each unique experience.

Academic Credit
Not all students can/opt to receive academic credit for their internship experiences. Students seeking academic credit must check with their academic advisors and/or department heads to confirm that an internship complies with departmental requirements for credit. If credit is possible, a faculty member, department head and/or advisor should contact the employer to ensure all the correct paperwork (learning outcomes, performance evaluation, etc.) is completed in advance.

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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