Internship FAQ for Employers

What is an internship?

An internship provides a student with the opportunity to work on a specific, supervised project at an employer’s job site.  Depending on the structure of the internship, the student will receive formal or on-the-job training.  Student interns should have clear understanding of duties, responsibilities, and expected results, and they should be regularly supervised and evaluated.

Do I have to pay an intern?

Whittier College encourages all internship providers to compensate interns.  Compensation is commonly $7 – $20 per hour, depending on the nature of the position and the skill required.

Does Whittier College provide internship credit for paid or unpaid internships?

Students can receive credit for paid or unpaid internships by registering for the appropriate class through their academic department. Students maintain responsibility for registering and follow through with all course work requirements. Employers are required to provide performance feedback on their interns at the end of the semester for the student to receive credit.

How long should an internship last?

Internship length and time varies according to the organization’s needs. Interns usually work between 8 - 12 hours per week and internship assignment should not exceed 20 hours per week unless it is a paid internship and the student is not currently taking classes (summer internships).

How do I post an internship opportunity?

Login or register with Poet Paths to post your internship.