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Career and Professional Development

» Know Your Rights

Congratulations on your internship offer! This is a fantastic chance to gain hands-on experience and develop a clear understanding of your chosen career’s requirements and opportunities.

An internship should be an invaluable experience. Make sure yours is the best it can be by being aware of your rights and the rights of the company, too.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Courts have used the “primary beneficiary test” to determine whether an intern or student is, in fact, an employee under the FLSA. In short, this test allows courts to examine the “economic reality” of the intern-employer relationship to determine which party is the “primary beneficiary” of the relationship. Courts have identified the following seven factors as part of the test:

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee—and vice versa.
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions.
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit.
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar.
  5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning.
  6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern.
  7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship.

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Trouble in Paradise?

If you are not learning, feel uncomfortable, or know that what’s being asked of you is not appropriate:

  1. Make sure you’re safe. Determine the best course of action and leave the internship site, if necessary.
  2. Alert your Faculty Advisor and Chapman University’s Internship Coordinator.
  3. In some cases, file a report. 

Get the most out of your internship

Internships are exciting opportunities! Take ownership of yours.

  • Ensure its success by setting goals and define ways to stay motivated
  • Know what to avoid
  • Ask your Site Supervisor and Faculty Advisor for feedback throughout your internship

Career & Professional Development

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December 20 - January 1, 2020
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Additional information about how Chapman is responding to the Coronavirus is available on Chapman’s Coronavirus Resource Page.
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