Chapman University (CU) offers the opportunity for all majors to intern for credit. There is no long-term commitment so recruitment for projects with short and ongoing timelines is welcomed year-round. Several national studies have shown that participation in such programs is a cost-effective for employers to pre-screen, evaluate, train, recruit and hire talent. Although there are many tasks students can perform, the primary purpose of an internship is to provide a beneficial learning environment for the student. Your organization is welcome to create Intern postings for a variety of roles and experiences, but first ask yourself:
- Is the work meaningful and appropriate for a college student? Hiring a student to perform busy work (cold calls, data entry, filing, answering phones, faxing, “gophering” etc.) is inappropriate for internship experiences. Hiring an intern to alleviate some of your busy work is acceptable if balanced with meaningful responsibilities.
- Will there be sufficient learning opportunities?
- Are you available for on-site supervision?
- Will you provide appropriate resources for the student to do the job?
- Are the required skills and responsibilities sufficiently challenging? If you decide that hiring an intern is right for your organization, here are a few more things to consider: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Compensation and Insurance
If you decide that hiring an intern is right for your organization, here are a few more things to consider:
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Under the FLSA, Intern assignments should not replace the work of a regular employee, should be project based and provide a meaningful work/learn experience. According to the U.S Department of Labor, there are 6 criteria that must be met for a “for-profit” or private sector internship to be offered as unpaid.
Compensation: Wages may not be required however this is an excellent way to build your applicant pool (especially in summer when tuition is required for credit), create an attractive opportunity and honor your student intern for hard work. Compensation should be offered to the intern for any parking, transportation costs and other errands related to the work assignments.
- Typical pay rates for an Intern can range from minimum wage up to $24/hour depending on work assignment.
- Students hired via an independent contract do not qualify as an unpaid intern.
- If your student is paid, CU registration may not be required however a paid intern may earn academic credit.
Insurance Coverage: CU offers general liability insurance only to credit-bearing interns. Please consult with your insurance carrier to ensure that interns are covered under your workers compensation policy to establish a safe work environment. Students being paid for their services shall be covered by the employer’s workers compensation. Upon request, Chapman University will provide a certificate of insurance for general liability insurance.