Recruiting Interns

All internships posted at Emory University must meet the internship guidelines set forth by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE). We also highly recommend reviewing NACE’s 15 Best Practices recommendations for Internship Programs, particularly if this is the first time you are offering an internship.

To ensure that an experience-whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually-is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support the students learning objectives/goals.

All position descriptions for internships submitted to The Career Center must clearly indicate that the above criteria are met. 

Virtual Interns

The majority of internships posted at Emory are traditional internships, where student interns work at the same physical location as their supervisor and have a safe and specific work space. If you are interested in posting a virtual internship at Emory, you must indicate this in the Job Title (for example, Social Media Virtual Intern). All virtual internship position descriptions must meet the NACE criteria for internships in addition to the below criteria for virtual internships. We will review descriptions carefully to see that both sets of criteria are met before approving the posting.

Criteria for Virtual Internships

  1. The internship site must use some type of online project management tool, such as Google Docs or other shared file system, so that work is stored in the "cloud" and not on a personal computer.
  2. The internship includes a regular e-mail report (weekly, at a minimum) where the student provides information such as hours worked, challenges or problems encountered, and results obtained, and asks any questions that he or she may have.
  3. The internship includes a weekly virtual meeting on Skype or a similar technology (highly preferred); if this meeting is impossible, then phone conversations are expected.
  4. For local virtual internships (the site is local to the Atlanta market, but you are allowing the student to work from campus), you must meet with the student in a public place regularly throughout the internship. 

To advertise your internship opportunity, please access our online job & internship posting system, Handshake.

Academic Credit

While Emory University College of Arts & Sciences does offer opportunities for granting academic credit for internships, this credit is typically only available if it is required by the employer. Employers who mandate academic credit must still meet our criteria for high-quality internships and the Department of Labor's criteria for internship compensationAcademic Credit is typically not considered compensation under the DOL FLSA.  Academic Credit is managed during the Fall and Spring semesters through the student’s academic department, and through the Emory University College of Arts & Sciences during the Summer semester. The Career Center is not an academic department of the University and is therefore unable to provide academic credit.  To advertise your internship opportunity, please access our online job & internship posting system, Handshake.


The Career Center encourages employers - particularly those in the private sector - to pay interns for the labor they provide your organization. Private sector employers should be familiar with the United States Department of Labor guidelines for internship compensation.

Civic, charitable, government, education, and other Non-profit sector organizations considering posting unpaid internships through Emory University, must confirm that those internships meet the criteria for an experience to be defined as an internship.  You should make an effort to detail what the intern will learn from the experience as you are constructing your position description.

To advertise your internship opportunity, please access our online job & internship posting system Handshake.

Posting Timeline

Due to the academic and extracurricular demands of the school year, Emory students traditionally pursue internships (both full-time and part-time) during the summer and full-time positions post-graduation.  However, on occasion some students are able to pursue part-time internships during the Fall and Spring Semesters (typically these should be no more than 20 hrs. per week or less) in the Atlanta area. The Career Center will accept postings from employers for all semesters (fall, spring, and summer). We encourage employers posting summer internships to get their position(s) posted with us prior to our winter break (mid-December to mid-January) for the best chance of reaching the largest number of qualified students.

The Career Center makes a good faith effort to approve posted internships as soon as possible (generally within 48 hrs) however, on occasion it make take a day or two for your listing to be reviewed by our staff and approved. To advertise your internship opportunity, please access our online job & internship posting system, Handshake.