The Career & Co-op Center at UMass Lowell promotes experiential learning and encourages students to gain valuable experience through internships, co-ops, service learning and volunteer opportunities. However, unpaid internships at “for-profit,” private sector organizations present a unique set of circumstances.
We strongly encourage our valued employer partners to become familiar with the federal government's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the limitations it places on unpaid internships. Particularly, it may be helpful to read the FLSA's Test for Unpaid Interns and the six criteria that must be met to be in compliance with the law.
In addition, a majority of UMass Lowell students work part-time while in school to help support themselves and pay their tuition. Simple economics makes it prohibitive for many students to participate in unpaid internships and, therefore, may severely limit your applicant pool for such positions.
Should a UMass Lowell student wish to apply for your unpaid internship and be offered the position, a faculty member from the appropriate academic department will review the internship description to determine whether it qualifies for college credit.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the services we provide to our employer partners. We are happy to work with you to make this position more marketable to our students.