The Career Services and Recruiting Office encourages all students to participate in internships and assists in locating internship opportunities by posting available positions on BentleyLink.
In addition, we offer career fairs, networking events, open information sessions, on-campus interviewing, mock interviews and resume reviews while helping to identify opportunities that align with a student’s career interests and objectives. Both for-credit and not-for-credit internships are available for students looking to gain valuable career-related work experience. Internships are the largest source of full-time employment for each graduating class, with over 30% of full-time positions obtained through this important experiential vehicle.
We also support the information provided below for organizations posting unpaid internships for students. Below, is a short summary of the Federal guidelines which govern internship programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act. These guidelines focus on for-profit private sector businesses to help determine whether an intern should be paid minimum wage and overtime. The six-part criteria helps employers distinguish between an employee, who must be paid, and a trainee, who can legally work as an intern.
The Labor Department's six criteria for a legal unpaid internship are:
1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
For more information please go to: Department of Labor Guidelines