Welcome to St. Cloud State University’s Internship Program! The following information should help you decide if offering an internship within your business or organization would be beneficial to you. SCSU can provide your business or organization with student interns from five different colleges which include 175 undergraduate programs. These full or part-time internships are a mutually beneficial experience between the intern and the employer and can be customized to meet the needs of both.
For more information contact Bobbi Murphy, Employer Relations, SCSU Career Services Center, 320-308-3753 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theories learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. An internship provides students with an opportunity to develop their competencies as professionals in their areas of study, while still being identified as learners, rather than solely as employees. Students earn academic credit and are evaluated according to a job description that is incorporated into a course.
This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty member of the student's educational institution and by a designated employee of the host organization. The work/learning experience is usually the length of a semester, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. Academic learning objectives are integral to the internship, distinguishing them from volunteer positions or jobs. Internship requires some form of reflection where students apply theories and concepts to their on-the-job experience to improve their performances as professionals.
For-profit organizations that provide internships should review the guidance provided by the Department of Labor on distinguishing between internships and employment at www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf.
What Does an Employer Need to Offer an Internship?
The following questions will help you assess if you are able to offer internships of value both to the student and to you, the employer:
Please don’t be intimidated by all of this information. The purpose in offering these guidelines is not to overwhelm you but to provide a framework to help you decide whether or not providing an internship is for you. We are happy to work with you to make these internships happen, and look forward to many more and mutually beneficial partnerships with local, national and international employers.
Working with students from St. Cloud State University is a rewarding and fun endeavor and we hope you choose internships as a way to increase your human resources and productivity as well as offer our students a “window to the world of work!"
Some university programs require that internships be paid. Some do not. Paid internships tend to encourage a larger pool of highly qualified applicants. Pay rate is negotiated between the employer and the intern and is typically between minimum wage and $25 per hour. Pay requirements and rates may be impacted by the career area of the internship and/or internship requirements determined by the academic department. Stipends are an option as well, although you may wish to check with your human resources department to explore any legal issues regarding alternative payment.
For profit business and/or organizations that provide internships should review the guidance provided by the Department of Labor on distinguishing between internships and employment. http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf
Unpaid student employment will not violate the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act if it is a training program which meets the following criteria:
1) The training should be similar to that given in a vocational setting
2) the experience is for the benefit of the student
3) students do not displace regular employees
4) the site sponsor provides the training and receives no immediate advantage from the activities of students
5) students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period
6) the site sponsor and student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.
Fair Labor Standards Act specifically as it relates to Internship Programs:
Paid or not paid, the quality of the internship experience is extremely important.
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