The primary purpose of an internship is for the intern to gain knowledge or training in a specific area; an intern position can be either paid or unpaid. If your department is considering hiring an intern:
- Contact your HR Manager for guidance.
- Read the Internships at Carnegie Mellon [pdf] guidelines and Making the Internship Valuable [pdf] tip sheet.
- If you are hiring someone under the age of 18 as an intern, refer to the guidelines for hiring minors.
The state and federal minimum wage and overtime requirements also apply to paid internship and extern positions. Please note that the Pennsylvania minimum wage is $7.25. For work locations not in Pennsylvania, use the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) or state/local minimum wage, whichever is higher. Overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a work week.