Duquesne University's Internship Program is designed to provide students with a supervised professional work experience related to the student's major or career goals. Through hands-on training and reflection of their internship experiences, students begin to develop the skills and professional acumen to be successful. Learn more about internship standards.
- The first step is to post the internship opportunity on Handshake, our online job and internship board.
- In the job description, please prvoide ample information about the intern's duties and responsibilities as well as specific requirements for the position, such as technical skills, certain majors, GPA, and/or student status (junior, senior, graduate student). We will review the position to ensure that it is credit-worthy and contact you if additional information is necessary.
- On-campus recruiting for internships is offered during the fall and spring semesters based on availability of requested date(s). Once we have confirmed your reservation, detailed information regarding recruiting procedures will be sent to you.
Should An Internship Be Paid?
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 paid part-time position to do an internship, so receiving some form of compensation 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.
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:
- The training should be similar to that given in a vocational setting
- The experience is for the benefit of the student
- Students do not displace regular employees
- The site sponsor provides the training and receives no immediate advantage from the activities of students
- Students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period
- The site sponsor and student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.