For companies considering hosting an intern, please access the link below for important information, expectations, and criteria to follow in order for the experience to be classified as an internship. Requirements for unpaid internships can also be found at the below link.
Information compiled under this link include National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines, and the Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In addition, an Internship FAQ document and a sample Learning Agreement can be found in the "Hosting Interns" section of the "Employer Information" page of the Career Development Center's website.
Samford University reserves the right to not post internships which do not meet the above-mentioned criteria. In addition, virtual internships will only be posted at the discretion of the Career Development Center.
For information on starting an internship program in general, or other questions, please call our office at 205-726-2980. Thank you!
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The Career Development Center (CDC) serves only as a clearinghouse of information for students and alumni regarding employment and internship opportunities. As such, students and alumni who express an interest in any of the positions have not been vetted by the CDC nor is the information they provide to a potential employer verified or otherwise reviewed by the university. It is the responsibility of the employer to determine if the skills and qualifications of the applicants are adequate for the posted position.
Equal Opportunity Employment:
Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin.
This policy should apply to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, discipline, termination, lay-off, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The CDC works solely with employers that abide by such standards. The CDC reserves the right to remove postings or prohibit employers who do not abide by these standards.
Samford University Career Development Center is committed to ensuring that all students, faculty and employers are afforded every opportunity to participate in the activities offered by this office. If, due to a disability, you require accommodation to utilize our services, please contact the office at (205) 726-2980 and let us know how we may assist you.
In accordance with the equal opportunity employment provisions, Samford University’s Career Development Center prohibits postings that are in violation of any state or federal laws. The CDC reserves the right to view the website and postings of employers who post positions on Samford’s job posting site. Based on the site’s information, or other information about the employer that is received by the university, the CDC reserves the right to prohibit postings that are deemed inappropriate or unsafe due to inappropriate content, services or nature as related to the mission and values of Samford University.
The Career Development Center may decline to post positions for or otherwise work with any employer that fails to abide by all applicable rules and procedures in its job postings, including, without limitation, the NACE Principles for Professional Practice (link below).
The Principles for Professional Practice provides three basic precepts that spell out core values and the philosophy of the career services and employment profession. They are:
• Maintain an open and free selection of employment opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose optimum long-term uses of their talents that are consistent with personal objectives and all relevant facts.
• Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable to candidates and employing organizations.
• Support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.
Third Party Recruiters:
These agencies (employment, search firms, contract recruiters, online job/resume referral services) are offered job posting assistance when they meet the following criteria:
• Disclose to students the name(s) of the client, or clients, that the third-party recruiter is representing and to whom the students' credentials will be disclosed.
• When deemed necessary, third-party recruiters will disclose information upon request to the CDC that would enable verification that it is recruiting for a bona fide job opportunity.
• Follow policies outlined in the Principles for Professional Practice.
The Career Development Center reserves the right to disallow participation in all career-related campus activities to these marketing agencies (multi-level or pyramid marketing opportunities). More Helpful Information Provided by NACE Principles for Professional Practice:
It is the responsibility of each employer to determine whether an internship should be paid or unpaid. Each employer's human resources department can best determine eligibility based on the organization's specific internship opportunity. For more information about unpaid internships, please review the following resources: U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Guidance Letter; The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Fair Labor Standards Act Fact Sheet #71 the “primary beneficiary” test used to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for wage consideration), and the NACE position statement on U.S. internships.
Recruiters posting internships with Samford University’s Career Development Center are required to verify that the internship meets the Department of Labor's wage standards by acknowledging this statement: My organization complies with the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act and my internship pays a fair wage, a legal stipend or meets the “primary beneficiary” test for an unpaid internship.
Employers should only contact those students or alumni who have expressed interest in an internship or position, or who have made their resumes viewable to employers through HireSamford. Failure to abide by this or any of the above-mentioned guidelines may result in the loss of on-campus recruiting privileges.
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About Our Services
Our online Employer Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You must register your organization with our office prior to accessing these services. Once your registration is reviewed, if it is approved you will receive an email which includes a link to activate your account.
If approved, depending on your access level, you will be able to use some or all of the services listed below:
- Job Posting
Post jobs targeted to Samford University students, alumni.
- Résumé Search
Search résumés of our students, alumni.
- Portfolio Search
Search career portfolios that have been prepared by our students, alumni.
- On-Campus Interviewing
In addition to posting on our Job Board, you may also post positions that involve on-campus interviews. An interview date will be scheduled after we review and approve your posting. You may then log in to check submissions, candidate status and schedules. On-campus interviews occur during specific times of the year. If you do not know our recruiting schedule, please contact us before posting your job.