Utilize UCAN as a resource
What is the difference between an internship and co-op?
Both are work experience related to a student’s academic program and/or
career exploration. Internships are usually, but not always, one term. Internships
can be offered, fall, winter, spring and summer. Co-ops are usually, but not
always, multi-term; work fall semester, in class spring semester, work summer.
Schedules vary depending on student and employer needs.
When should we publicize our internship?
There are no set timelines for posting your opportunities but we recommend
not posting too early or too late. Here are some general guidelines:
• Fall semester (post around July 1, deadline date August 15, start
• Winter break (post around Nov 1, deadline date December 15, start in
Spring semester (post around Nov 1, deadline date December 15, start in January)
Summer break (post around Feb 1, deadline date March 15, start in May)
What are the recommended hours for internships?
During the academic year most students prefer working 5 – 20 hours
per week, during winter and summer break many prefer working full-time.
Are internships usually paid or unpaid?
Paid and unpaid internship opportunities are fairly equal though students
will gravitate toward paid positions first. Exceptional opportunities
that are unpaid will also be sought after by students. To ensure a large
candidate pool of highly qualified individuals you may want to consider
paying interns. Many students on financial aid cannot afford to take
an unpaid internship and you may lose out on an exceptional candidate.
If paid, what level of compensation is typical for an internship?
Monetary compensation for non-technical positions ranges from $10 to
$20 per hour; technical positions range from $15 to $20 per hour. Evaluate
the market, location and field that your organization is in as you are
thinking about an intern’s pay range. Some creative ways employers
compensate students is to assist with local transportation costs, lunch,
or housing assistance and/or end of internship stipend. (see Legal Issues
question below for more information)
Is college credit a form of compensation?
No it is not. The school provides college credit not the employer. Universities
have different requirements for students to earn college credit. Universities
have different requirements for credit; for instance some schools may
require students to create and pay for a course developed around the
We are interested in posting our opportunity at just a few schools on
the UCAN consortium list. Can we do that?
To post at just a few schools please contact the school administrator
at each school for instructions on how to post at their school.
Are there legal issues we should consider? Do we have to pay interns?
NACE Common Questions