Posting an Internship
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Tasks assigned to the intern must be related to the student’s major or minor and cannot simply be administrative in nature. To view a list of Mercer University majors/degrees, click here.
The following criteria have been established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and must be met for the experience to be considered an internship. These expectations apply to both paid and unpaid internships:
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 learning objectives/goals.
Mercer University reserves the right to deny employers the internship posting if the description does not meet these criteria. In addition, virtual internships will not be posted.
Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Wage and Hour Fact Sheet #71 provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to "for-profit" private sector employers.
To access this fact sheet, please visit Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
For additional information, visit the Wage and Hour Division website and/or call the toll-free information and helpline, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).
"Primary Beneficiary" Test On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit announced a "primary beneficiary" test stemming from two court cases, Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. and Wang v. Hearst Corp. Employers can use this ruling as another useful resource in determining the requirements of unpaid internships.
Internship Posting Instructions for Employers:
- Access BEARLink for Employers now.
- Click the REGISTER tab (for a new account)
- If you already have an BEARLink account click the FORGOT MY PASSWORD tab, enter your email address and your password will be reset and emailed to you.
- Fill out the form, please pay special attention to the required fields, marked with a red(*) star. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to check all services you would like under Services Requested. If you want to register for and attend job fairsyou must select the Career Fair check box.
- Click SUBMIT when finished (your application for access will be forwarded to the Career Services staff for review. The approval process may take up to 24 hours if submitted on a weekday, or up to 48 hours if submitted on a weekend. There may also be a delay during major holidays).
- After approval, you will receive an e-mail containing your user name and password as well as an employer link to the BEARLink system.
If you would like to speak to a Mercer Career Management Representative, please call our office: (678) 547-6023 or (678) 547-6584