Unpaid Internships and Course Credit
There are often college students, especially in a tight economy, who are willing to do unpaid internships to gain experience and to get introduced to their field. Many students are willing to intern on a part-time basis (20 hours or less per week) without pay to begin to build a base of experience.
Students in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State are no exception. Many of them come to the Office of Career Management to seek advice about these kinds of opportunities, or to report their unpaid internships to us. The Career Management staff is seeing an increasing number of students who indicate that their internship offer requires them to get credit.
As the Fisher College of Business does not give credit for internships (they are not a required part of our curriculum for graduation), having an employer require them to receive credit presents a challenge.
Employers who do not pay their interns should be conscious of unpaid Internships and the law. The Fair Labor Standards Act states the criteria that must be met by an employer if the intern is to be unpaid:
1. The work performed is an extension of a trade studied by the student.
Additional information regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act can be found at the following website:
Recommendations and Alternatives
Please note that students must pay tuition and fees for the credit associated with BA 2191 and taking this course during a semester in which a student is already paying full-time tuition is more economical that taking BA 2191 by itself.
Students must take BA 2191 during the semester in which they are interning and they must enroll by the 5th week of the semester. Students will also have the option to complete the course credit for a 7-week session.
Feel free to contact the Office of Career Management at (614) 292-6024 if you have any questions.