Employer FAQs

Q: What level of compensation is typical for an internship?

A: In planning to allocate resources for your internship program, compensation may be a consideration. An hourly wage can vary depending upon experience; typically the hourly wage for an intern ranges from $8.00 to $20.00 per hour. If you are unable to budget an hourly wage, consider offering a monthly or semester based stipend to the student.

Q: Is my organization responsible for providing insurance or benefits to the intern?

A: No, normally only full-time employees are eligible for benefits provided by the employer. Interns are short-term employees and are therefore ineligible.

Q: Do interns work 40 hour work weeks? Do they typically work five days a week?

A: Internships are flexible; students often plan their internship schedules around their class schedules on campus. A part-time internship can involve anywhere between 10 and 20 hours per week. Once you identify an intern candidate you will need to discuss his/her availability and agree on a schedule that will work for both parties.

Q: When do internships typically begin? How long do they last?

A: Internships usually follow the starting and ending dates of the academic semester. They can take place during summer breaks (May-August), during the fall (September –December) or the spring (January-May). An internship is generally between three to nine months and can begin in summer, fall or spring.

Q: When should I start looking for an intern if I want them to start work in the summer?

A: Typically internship descriptions are posted at 6-8 weeks prior to the proposed start date.

Q: How does a student obtain academic credit for internship experience?

A: Credit requirements for internships vary by school. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about credit options.

Q: What if my intern does not work out? Are there rules for terminating interns the same way as there are for full or part- time positions?

A: In most cases, interns are treated as employees and therefore the same laws apply. It is advised that you consult with your Human Resources department and/or seek legal counsel for further information and specific Department of Labor requirements.

Q: I like my intern and would like to extend the internship, how do I go about this?

A: This is at your discretion and you may continue an internship and/or extend an offer for future fulltime employment once the internship has been completed.

Q: Can full-time employment be offered after the internship program has been completed?

A: Yes, if your organization and the intern can come to an agreement about full-time employment that is the ultimate win for the FIU intern!