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Employer Services - Internship Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an internship?

An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to a student's field of study or career interest.

What are the benefits of having an intern?

  • Highly motivated students
  • Quality work
  • Cost-effective staffing
  • Development of managerial talent
  • Visibility on the Berkeley campus

Do interns get paid?

As with full-time salaries, intern rates can vary based upon experience, major and/or position, including location. We recommend for intern salaries that you pay 75% of the full-time rate for business and 75-100% of the full-time rate for technical positions. Students working on campus typically earn $15.59+/hr, depending on the position.

According to results of NACE’s 2019 Internship & Co-op Survey, the average hourly wage rate for interns at the bachelor’s degree level begins at $19.05.  Note that California intern wages may be slightly higher than national averages. You should also be aware of minimum wage laws at the state and city levels. 

Is academic credit available?

Students may be able to arrange for academic credit. Only academic departments can offer credit, and policies differ greatly from one department to the next. If you are willing to help a student gain academic credit, review the options we provide students to give you a idea of the process. However, do not assume that academic credit will be available.

When are students available to intern?

Students are available to work throughout the entire year. During the academic year students usually work part-time (generally less than 20 hours per week). Most students opt to intern in the summer on either a part-time or full-time basis.

How do you identify the best candidate?

Look beyond a student's major or class level. Consider how a student's overall profile and experience match the qualities, skills and other requirements of the position.

How do I recruit an intern from Cal?

Refer to the Listing an Internship section.