Host an Intern

Host an Intern!

Thank you for your interest in recruiting RWU students as Interns.  Students can complete internships for valuable experience and/or for academic credit (depending on their degree program). Market your internship opportunities by posting them in our online database, Handshake, and consider attending an event!

Posting Internships

RWU’s career platform, Handshake, advertises internship opportunities to our students. Students can browse these opportunities, review application instructions, and apply directly through the database, or through your preferred site with an external link.

To post your Internships in Handshake, click on Signup for an Account > Employer.  If you are already registered with Handshake you can simply add our school to your job postings. Many resources are available on Handshake’s Employer Info page to help you build your profile or post an internship.

Recommended Time-lines for posting on Handshake:

Fall Interns: Post January–May for a September start date

Winter Interns (short term): post September–November for January start date

Spring Interns: Post September–December for a February start date

Summer Interns: Post February–April for a May/June start date

Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship as Defined by the U.S. Department of Labor:

Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

RWU Internship Requirements for Employers

  • Supply student with 45 hours of work per credit received (ex: 3 credits=135 hours) of supervised, meaningful, academically challenging (or enhancing) employment. During the fall and spring semesters, this is approximately 10-12 hours per week for 3 credits. During the summer and winter sessions students have the option of working full-time.

  • Internship site supervisor must have knowledge of student’s field. The student’s supervisor at the internship site must have experience in the job the student is expected to perform. This is to ensure that the student has proper mentorship and guidance at the internship.

  • Signature is required on the Roger Williams University/Internship Site Memo of Understanding as required by the Office of General Counsel and the Center for Career & Professional Development.

  • Complete the performance evaluation form which will be emailed to you during the semester. These evaluations allow us to track the progress of our student interns. Completed evaluations are kept on file as well as forwarded to the student’s faculty sponsor to be considered when awarding a grade for the internship experience.

Creating a Meaningful Learning Experience for Students | RISLA Employer Guide

Important Notes:

  • The student should not pay any out-of-pocket expenses towards any aspect of the internship.

  • University policy states that students cannot transport clients at any time during their academic internship.

  • Students cannot partake in positions performed in private homes.

  • The site Supervisor cannot be related to the student/intern.

  • Memorandum of Understanding

If you have any other questions regarding the internship program at RWU, please contact Rena Piller-Thurston, Assistant Director, Experiential Learning.



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