Internship Program Best Practices

Students talking to employers at a career fair

Why start an internship program with UMass Amherst?

Bringing on UMass Amherst students as interns can benefit any organization: 

  • Top students with knowledge and skills that can support projects you are struggling to complete 

  • Insights from Gen Z can provide new ideas and perspectives  

  • The interns serve as a brand ambassadors on campus to promote your company, especially if they have a great internship experience 

  • You will have UMass Career Services to help market your positions 

Compliance Message to Employers regarding Unpaid Internships 

The University of Massachusetts Amherst complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding unpaid internships. In order to protect themselves from any potential liability which could arise from the offering of an unpaid internship, the employer should make sure that the internship opportunity meets the guidelines developed by the Fair Labor Standards Act referenced above. 

Internship Program Resources

  • NACE 15 Best Practices for Internship Programs  

  • NACE Career Readiness Competencies – For new college graduates, career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce. Career readiness is the foundation upon which a successful career is launched. For employers, career readiness offers a framework for developing talent through internship and other experiential learning opportunities.