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Internship FAQs

How do I know if I need an intern?
Talk to managers in your company to assess your needs. Could you use help with a specific project, task or research? Would a new, fresh perspective boost an area of your organization? Do you have a technical need, such as updating your website? Would any employees be more productive if they had some assistance? Look for more ways to determine your intern needs.

Do I have to provide health care for interns?
No, most students are covered by their parents’ or guardians’ health care plans, or they obtain coverage through their school.

How long are internships?
Typically, internships last 10 to 12 weeks and run on the same timeline as semesters: fall (September through December), spring (January through May) and summer (June through August); however, your internship program can be customized to fit your needs. For example, if you have a two-month project that calls for additional help, search for students who want to work in that timeline.

Can I hire an intern as a full-time employee at the end of their internship?
That’s one of the great advantages of an internship program. It gives employers the opportunity to employ talented young professionals before they graduate. Once they graduate, or even before, you may offer the intern a permanent full-time position at your organization.

Do interns receive compensation?
We strongly encourage employers to compensate interns. Learn more.