Hire an Intern

“The purpose of a bona-fide internship is to integrate classroom learning with practical skill development in a real-world setting.” - United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Once you develop your internship experience, we encourage you to post your position in one of two ways. Traditional internships can be posted in Cardinal Careers and micro-internships can be posted through Parker Dewey. See below for both options!

General Internship Requirements

All UofL internships (and co-ops) are posted in Cardinal Careers. If academic credit is required, there are approximately 30 academic programs with faculty advisors.  It is the student's responsibility to arrange academic credit with their faculty advisor.  Employers cannot guarantee an experience will meet the criteria for academic credit.   

Internship Program Requirements:

  • Be carefully monitored work experiences in which students have intentional learning goals/objectives
  • Promote academic, career, and/or personal development
  • Be paid or unpaid
  • Have a minimum work term of at least 12 hours/week, at least two months, and at least 150 work hours
  • Define whether the hired intern will need to complete the opportunity for academic credit or not-for academic credit
  • Keep contact with Internship Coordinator throughout the work term
  • Be uploaded into Cardinal Careers 

Benefits of Hosting an Internship:

  • Year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Students bring new perspectives to old problems
  • Visibility of your organization is increased at the University of Louisville
  • Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions or projects
  • Freedom for professional staff to pursue more creative projects
  • Flexible, cost-effective work force not requiring a long-term employer commitment
  • Proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
  • Your image in the Louisville Metro community is enhanced as you contribute your expertise to the educational enterprise

Adapted from Starting and Maintaining A Quality Internship Program – 8th Edition, Michael True

Post Micro-Internships through Parker Dewey

Parker Dewey Hire an InternThe University of Louisville has partnered with Parker Dewey to provide UofL students the opportunity to participate in micro-internships. Micro-internships are short-term, paid, remote work opportunities offered from a wide array of industries and disciplines.

Benefits of hosting micro-internships:

  • Get immediate support for work that needs to be completed
  • Help students further their professional development
  • Develop a talent pipeline – access a larger talent pool and attract top-tier candidates
  • No conversion fee to hire a student from a micro-internship to a full-time internship or job

How to get started posting micro-internships:

If any further questions arise, please feel free to  the University Career Center.

Get Involved with the University Career Center

For more information on how to get involved, contact our Recruitment Coordinator or Internship and Student Employment Coordinator.  

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