Employer Internship Information

Career Services assists you in publicizing your positions to all majors, provides you with resources to better orient and supervise student interns and is available as a resource throughout the experience.

As a sponsoring organization, you can offer substantive work experiences that support students' academic and career goals. If you do not yet have an established internship program, or you would like to consider ways to improve your current one, please access the Starting And Maintaining A Quality Internship Program. Next, post your position to Handshake. Our staff then makes every effort to alert faculty and students whose interests, preparation and capabilities meet the requirements and qualifications needed for the position you are offering. You then have the opportunity to interview and screen the candidate(s). Once you select a student(s), we work cooperatively with you to support their work performance and learning experience.

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Employer Benefits

Many supervisors simply enjoy sharing their expertise and savvy in their roles as professional mentors. In addition, some tangible benefits include:

  • Year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
  • Freedom for professional staff to pursue more creative projects
  • Flexible, cost-effective work force not requiring a long-term site sponsor commitment
  • Proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
  • Increase exposure to latest academic theory and educational literature
  • Become involved with key faculty/staff members on campus


  • Provide a clear job/project description for the work experience
  • Orient the student to the organization, its "culture" and their work assignment(s)
  • Assist the student in developing/achieving personal learning objectives
  • Willingness to host an on-site visit from campus representative sometime during the work term
  • Offer feedback to the student on a regular basis
  • Complete formal written evaluations at the conclusion of the work experience
  • Internship Best Practices


If your organization is a for-profit business, compensation is expected and virtually mandated by federal regulations. Many students work their way through college and often give up a paying part-time position to take an internship, so receiving some form of remuneration is appreciated. If your organization (for-profit or nonprofit) is unable to offer a regular wage, consider helping the student with a stipend or internship-related expenses such as parking fees, mileage, meals, etc.

Unpaid student employment will not violate the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act if it is a training program which meets the following criteria:

  1. The training should be similar to that given in a vocational setting.
  2. The experience is for the benefit of the student.
  3. Students do not displace regular employees.
  4. The site sponsor provides the training and receives no immediate advantage from the activities of students.
  5. Students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
  6. The site sponsor and student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.

Another consideration is the Primary Beneficiary Test:

  1. The extent to which the intern and the provider of the internship clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee.
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by education institutions.
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit.
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar.
  5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides beneficial learning to the intern.
  6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern.
  7. The extent to which the intern and the provider of the internship understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship.

Many employers ask how much they should pay students. The wage range for 2013-2014 was $7.25-$20.00 per hour. Median wage rate is $10.00 per hour.

The Case for Paying Interns (Infographic)

NY Dept of Labor Wage Requirements for Interns (For-Profit)

NY Dept of Labor Wage Requirements for Interns (Not For-Profit)

What is an internship?

"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives." (Definition Formulated In May 2010 By Internship Professionals Subscribed To The Internship-Net Listserv)

Internships are available to any Murray State student who is currently enrolled with a minimum of 24 credits (at least 6 at Murray State) and in good standing (GPA of 2.00 or higher). Enrollment in the internship course must be concurrent with employment. Approved internships should allow students to enhance their skills, network with employer contacts, evaluate strengths, test classroom theories in a real world setting and develop as a professional.

Post Available Internship(s)

  • Post available internships on Handshake
  • Contact Career Services (270-809-3735) with any questions
  • Collect resumes, contact interested students and conduct interviews (conduct individually or through Career Services' on-campus interview program)
  • Once an offer is made, complete and provide the Job Description form to the Internship Course Advisor

Internship Paperwork

Murray State Career Services
Office Hours: Mon - Fri | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Fall/Spring/Summer)

Walk-In Hours (for resumes, cover letters, and basic questions): Tue - Wed - Thu | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Appointments required for major/minor counseling, career assessments, & mock interviews
100 Oakley Applied Sciences Bldg | Murray, KY 42071
P: 270.809.3735 (call for appointments) | F: 270.809.3516 | msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu

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