Our students are eager to apply their skills and talents to an internship with your company or organization. William & Mary students recognize internships as a way to explore career options, develop skills through practical work experience in a wide range of occupational fields, and contribute to the community. Employers find that hosting internships is a great way to identify and mentor young talent as well as to receive assistance with daily activities or special projects. There are several types of internships that our students seek. Once you have decided what type of opportunity you would like to offer, you will want to post your position in our job and internship database, Tribe Careers. In our effort to maintain the integrity of recruiting, the Cohen Career Center follows standards by which all recruitment postings in TribeCareers, our online recruitment database, must adhere. We recommend you keep a copy of the Cohen Career Center Employer Guidelines for future reference.
Local Internship Program (LIP)
The Local Internship Program is a structured internship program facilitated by the career center. Most internship sites are in Williamsburg, Yorktown, or James City County areas. The program and is offered during the fall and spring semesters only. Students typically work an average of 7-10 hours per week for about 10 weeks. For Spring 2015, internships will begin in February and end in late April. LIP hosts are asked to provide regular supervision and feedback to the interns. Additionally, a Learning Contract must be completed at the beginning of the internship and evaluations must be completed by both the internship site and the student intern at the end of the internship.
Part-Time or Full-time Internships
Employers seeking to host an intern in summer may offer part-time (typically 16-24 hours/week) or full-time (typically 36+ hours/week) internships. Part-time internships can be offered during the school year as well if employers are within a commutable distance. For part-time and full-time internships, the duration and start and end dates are determined by the company or organization.
Post-graduate Internships or Fellowships for Domestic Students
Some employers elect to offer an internship or fellowship program for newly graduated alumni who are seeking additional training and experience. These programs typically last from 3 to 12 months. Duration, start dates, etc are determined by the employer.
Post-graduate Internships for International Students
International students have access to special work authorizations to pursue paid or unpaid experiential learning opportunities for a year or more after graduation (e.g., internships, practica, post-graduation employment). Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available for students on an F-1 visa. Academic Training (AT) is for J-1 students. Either may be taken prior to or following the completion of a student's course of study. The Reves Center advises students interested in pursuing OPT or AT. Information about the federal guidelines for OPT and AT is available through U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
Note About Unpaid Internships
Federal law requires payment of interns unless the internship satisfies criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor. William & Mary cannot determine whether any internship satisfies the Department of Labor criteria. But to help ensure that William & Mary students are provided with beneficial internships, William & Mary requires all employers posting internships to certify that they have reviewed and will abide by the Department of Labor criteria established in the FLSA.
College Policy on Internship Credit
Qualified students, usually in their junior or senior year, may receive credit from cooperating academic departments for an approved internship that provides an opportunity to apply and expand knowledge in the student's field of study. To qualify, internships should be designed to provide a structured learning experience that is completed under expert supervision. A student needs to navigate the college's credit approval process in advance of an internship's start date. Requiring a student to earn credit for an internship may cost the student additional tuition for the course credits.