Columbia University expects companies to appropriately compensate you for an internship. CCE expects that all employers abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When conducting an internship search, learn about the six criteria for unpaid internships as outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor. If any of these criteria are not met, you should be paid. For employers seeking interns to work in the State of New York, strict attention must also be paid to the Wage Requirements for Interns in For-Profit Businesses set forth by the New York State Minimum Wage Act and Wage Orders.  Not-for-Profit organizations seeking to hire interns in the State of New York are also required to review and adhere to the guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Labor.

Academic Credit as a Component of Unpaid Internships

An employer may request that you receive academic credit for your internship. The decision to award academic credit is made between you and your academic department. Most schools/departments at CU do not offer academic credit for internships. Academic credit should not replace compensation for work performed during an internship.

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