Hiring an Intern

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Pace University’s Career Services Program works with organizations to match high achieving undergraduate and graduate students with pre-professional, study-related internship positions. The program has proven to be a valuable source of future talent for our employer partners.

The Career Education staff brings well prepared students together with a wide range of employers. Often long-term commitment results from hiring a Pace student. Each year a significant amount of graduating students receive full-time job offers from their employers. More than 500 national, multinational, regional and local companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations hire our students.

Click here to download our PDF Employer Q&A Information Sheet with information on whose hiring students, quotes from employers and students and more...

  Advantages of Hiring Pace Co-op Students:
  • Provides employers with a pool of prescreened, high achieving students. Employers review selected resumes and decide whom to interview and hire.   
  • Offers employers the opportunity to recruit highly qualified students.   
  • Enables employers to train and evaluate future employers before making long-term hiring decisions.   
  • Offers a variety of student work schedules: part-time   (12-20 hours per week); summer internships; full time for 4-6 month periods; or a combination of these schedules.   
  • Serves as a cost-effective means of hiring staff.

  Role of the Employer:
  • To provide Pace undergraduate and graduate students with a full orientation to policies and procedures within your company.
  • To define students' specific roles and responsibilities in your organization.
  • To offer training and supervision through the term of employment, discuss means of increasing productivity and evaluate job performance.
  • To provide all the necessary materials, technology and working spaces for interns. Interns cannot be working at a home/apartment or complete their work virtually.
  • To establish the rate of compensation for students.

For current salary ranges, sample positions and further informatiocontact us!

   Posting an Internship:

Employers interested in posting an internship position must submit the posting online using our Handshake job portal.

When crafting your position, be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Title and description of position   
  • Year in school and major(s) preferred   
  • Skills required   
  • Number of hours required and length of position (i.e., part-time ongoing, summer only, full-time semester)   
  • Hourly wage (commission-based only positions are not considered internships.)
  • Other relevant information

Internship positions listed must be employment opportunities rather than business opportunities, and may NOT include the following characteristics:

  • Work from home in a “virtual” office location with the student telecommuting.  Interns are expected to be working in a professional office environment
  • Require students to work in a private residence or non-commercial setting
  • Require students to work without direct supervision on a regular basis
  • Require students to provide their own personal computer, cell phone, camera, or any other personal equipment
  • Require students to make initial investment or purchase of products
  • Require students to spend more than 25% of their time cold-calling

   Compensation / Wages

Pace students are primarily seeking internship opportunities to gain practical work experience.  However, students with financial needs may only be able to focus their internship searches on paid positions. If your organization is a for-profit business, we strongly encourage you to offer compensation.  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 non-profit) 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. 

A typical hourly internship wage ranges from $8.00 - $20.00/hour depending on the year in school, plus level of responsibility and skills required.  Our undergraduate students earned an average of $15.00 /hr last year and graduate students $18.00/hr. A student can earn academic credit even while being compensated for an internship experience.
Although employers are not required by law to pay interns who qualify as learner/trainees, the U.S. Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act does require that employers meet certain criteria for unpaid internships.
The following criteria will help you determine learner/trainee status:

  • The training is for the benefit of the student.
  • A student cannot displace a regular employee.
  • Both employer and student know that the monetary compensation during the internship is optional.
  • Students are not guaranteed a job at the end of the internship.
  • Training must be hands-on experience with equipment and processes used in the industry.

For more information on what employers need to know about internships, see Federal Internship Guidelines (FLSA).

  Standards for Company/Organization Participation

Medical Insurance:
Students are responsible for obtaining their own medical insurance for injuries to self.

Liability Insurance Coverage of Students in Internships:
Students of Pace University are included as Insureds under the University’s General Liability Insurance while serving in a supervised internship program in satisfaction of course requirements (i.e.; enrolled in an internship course at Pace University). If a student is in a paid or unpaid position and not enrolled in a course with an internship requirement at Pace University, they are not covered by the University’s liability insurance.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage:
Students being placed in internships outside the University are neither employees of the University nor volunteers/interns providing services to or on behalf of the University.  As such they cannot be covered under the University's workers compensation insurance policy, regardless of whether their internship is paid or non-paid. Employers should be encouraged to include student interns on their workers compensation policies.

Excerpt from the NY State Workers Compensation Board website:
“Student interns are individuals that are providing services to gain work experience. An unpaid student intern providing services to a for-profit business, a nonprofit or a government entity is generally considered to be an employee of that organization and should be covered under that organization's workers' compensation insurance policy. Workers' Compensation Law Judges have ruled that the training received by student interns constitutes compensation (even though the student interns may not be receiving actual "cash payments" for their efforts). “

Click here to read the full statement on this issue at the  NYS Workers Compensation Board website:

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination:
Internship sites must be equal opportunity employers and cannot unlawfully discriminate in the selection of interns.

  Employer Tips
  • Discuss and clarify expectations for the internship experience and set realistic goals
  • Provide the student with a detailed job description
  • Provide the student with a thorough orientation to your department and overall organization
  • Provide information on how students fit into your organizational structure
  • Familiarize the student with the physical work environment
  • Treat the student as any new employee
  Supervision / Training
  • Define tasks clearly and have a finite training period
  • Outline a clear reporting line to a specific supervisor
  • Tell the student to ask questions and get regular feedback
  • Be accessible for questions, directions, or assistance with problems
  • Increase the tasks and responsibilities as the student's knowledge grows
  • Contact the Career Services office with questions, concerns, change in status, and when you want to re-list the position when your student leaves


  • Provide frequent informal constructive feedback to your student
  • Complete the Career Services evaluation form which will be sent after 2 months
  • Share the evaluation with your student in a formal meeting
  • Make recommendations for further progress and academic development
  • Set realistic goals for the future