Evaluating Employers for internships

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 that they are considering for career paths; internships also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. 

While internships are tremendously valuable to one’s professional development, an internship should not come at the cost of ethical or legal problems.

The good news is that most employers are great at crafting internship programs and navigating their relationship with you, the intern. 

You want to ensure that your internship-employer relationship will benefit you and not present unnecessary challenges. In addition to working through the questions on this page, we highly recommend reading our Detecting Fraud guide for extra tips on staying alert.

is the employer legitimate? 

what are the employer's intentions?

what is the employer/intern relationship?