Internship Policy

Employers must verify the following information as they post a position:

  1. "An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."NACE
  2. "The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines the term 'employ' very broadly as including to 'suffer or permit to work.' Covered and non-exempt individuals who are 'suffered or permitted' to work must be compensated under the law for the services they perform for an employer. Internships in the 'for-profit' private sector will most often be viewed as employment, unless the test described below relating to trainees is met. Interns in the 'for-profit' private sector who qualify as employees rather than trainees typically must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked over forty in a workweek." The six criteria established by the DOL are:
    • "The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment;
    • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
    • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
    • 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;
    • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
    • The employer and intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship." Department of Labor
  3. Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

We reserve the right to refuse to post jobs and/or internships in order to protect our students and the integrity of HireABear. All 3rd party international internship providers will not be allowed to post on HireABear at this time. Please contact Baylor University’s Center for International Education at 254-710-2657.

Organization must agree to the following:

  1. A site visit (if allowable by company structure) and one may occur before/during the first internship hosted.
  2. Mentor/supervisor must give direct supervision, mentoring and feedback (examples include a virtual workspace or document-sharing tool, regularly scheduled email report, weekly virtual meetings, and meeting with the student face-to-face once a week, if possible).
  3. Include the intern in regular operations (examples include face-to-face meetings with others via Skype).
  4. Enrolled student may provide advisor of credit with outputs from internship (examples include completed writing and project reports).
  5. Employers with "straight commission" or "draw against future earnings" positions must explicitly state the terms "straight commission" or "draw" in the job description so that students are aware to make informed decisions. Note: A draw against future earnings does not constitute a salary. Approved participating employers are expected to be familiar with and to abide by the NACE Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals.
  6. Provide a safe environment.
  7. If this is a paid opportunity, compensation provided cannot be 100% variable.
  8. 3rd party vendors must complete the 3rd party agreement and must identify the client, client’s information, and answer questions about the client.
  9. Virtual internships must be explicitly stated in the position description.
  10. Employers must have a land-line and/or business location to be considered.
  11. Must be responsive to CPD staff.
  12. Internship programs must complete program form. Things we will check:
    • Location (P.O. Boxes will be highly scrutinized)
    • Valid phone number (cell numbers will be highly scrutinized)
    • Family watch dog for offenders
    • International locations will be checked against the State Department's warning list
  13. Student ambassador programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Approval will be dependent on who benefits from the opportunity - student benefit will be the focus in evaluation.
  14. Opportunities that do not align with Baylor's mission will not be approved.