FAQ’s for Employers

 Do interns have to be paid?

The employer will decide if the intern position is paid or non-paid. According to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) it is important to remember that any student not paid must indeed be part of a training program and not completing work that would be provided by a regular employee. Interns may be paid an hourly wage or a stipend. If an intern is paid, the employer is responsible for the workers compensation and any state or federal payroll taxes.

Will the internship office pre-screen interns for us?

Interns must have a 2.5 GPA and two faculty references prior to applying for the internship program. Students will normally meet with the internship coordinator to discuss their career path and together choose an appropriate internship placement. Ultimately, the worksite decides if the intern is a match with the company’s culture and if the student qualifies for the internship project offered by the worksite.

When are interns available?

Students will seek internships prior to the beginning of each semester. Generally internships are available throughout the semester. COS operates on a two-semester system (spring and fall). Companies that post internship positions 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of a semester will be assured the best pool of potential students.

  • Fall semester – post positions by early August
  • Spring semester – post positions by early January


Last Updated: 8/28/2012 9:38 AM