Recruit for Internships at UM!

Internships combine classroom learning with part- or full-time practical work experience. ELCS match employers with students who offer fresh perspectives, enthusiasm, and exposure to cutting-edge technologies. We can answer any questions you have throughout the internship process.

  • An internship allows students to participate in on-the-job training while receiving academic credit toward graduation; they come in many different forms depending on a student's specific academic and career goals
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid
  • Internships need to be approved by a faculty supervisor to qualify for academic credit
  • Internships generally align with the University's semester system (Fall, Spring, Summer Terms) but can be flexible if needed
  • Students need to work on projects or research directly relating to their major or field of study
  • Direct supervision for the student is required
  • All internships taken for credit must be reported

  • All positions are posted on Handshake, our job, internship and event database. Each organization will need to create a profile, which is then approved by a member of the ELCS team.
  • Micro-internships can be posted on Parker Dewey, a site dedicated exclusively to micro-internship opportunities.
  • Visit the Handshake Employer Help Center for helpful articles that address many FAQs!
  • Recruit UM students and alumni at our career fairs.

  • Internship credit is granted by a UM faculty supervisor
  • For most majors, students generally need to work 50 hours/credit
  • Student must report their internship
  • The employer must offer a supervisor for the intern
  • The supervisor must have a higher level of experience than the students
  • The supervisor should have the ability to educate the student on "big picture" strategy, such as how the student's work fits into overall project goals, client needs, etc.

Yes. This tends to happen with nonprofit or education employers. Your company may offer a stipend, scholarship, or travel reimbursement. Consider adding other benefits such as accreditation, training, or additional instruction.

We encourage all employers to pay interns. Sometimes that is not possible. If you are unable to pay an intern, please follow these federal guidelines.

The University of Montana strongly encourages employers to pay their interns, whether or not the intern is receiving academic credit associated with the internship.  The United States Department of Labor requires for-profit employers to pay their employees.  This fact sheet provides the legal framework used for determining whether or not an intern is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The general presumption is that an intern is an employee, and the employer has the burden to prove otherwise if they want the internship to be unpaid.

Paid internships also have the benefit of providing equal access to students. The University of Montana is very proud of the fact that approximately 20% of our undergraduate students represent low income, first-generation backgrounds. Students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds often need to be paid work to cover basic expenses, and therefore cannot accept unpaid internships.  Providing compensation gives these students equal access to the key professional development opportunities that internships provide.

An employer with questions regarding their particular situation, and whether payment for the internship is required, should consult with their legal counsel.

Intern students typically work 10-15 hours per week to earn 3 internship credits (generally 50 work hours per credit)

  • Paid internships must meet the state Department of Labor Wage and Hours laws for the state of employment.
  • In nearly all circumstances, employers paying wages to a student intern are required to provide Worker's Compensation coverage for the paid student intern.
  • If a student intern is on UM payroll at the time of an accident, the Montana University System's Self-Funded Worker's Compensation will apply.
  • For unpaid interns, UM does not provide Worker's Compensation coverage. Employers may elect to provide Worker's Compensation coverage for student interns under Montana Worker's Compensation statute. 
  • Interns are covered by the Montana Risk Management Tort Division "Student Professional Liability Insurance" program for approved credit-bearing experiential educational activities.
(updated by HR April 2020)