An intern is a student or recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training. The following criteria separate an intern from an employee:
A common question asked by employers is whether the employer must
pay an intern for his/her work. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has developed six criteria for identifying a learner/trainee who may be unpaid. The criteria are:
All six factors do not have to be present for an individual to be considered a trainee, however the experience must ultimately look more like a training/learning experience than a job. If the position does not meet trainee criteria, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay employees at least minimum wage for all hours of work performed.
Many employers pay a stipend to interns for their meals and travel costs or to assist with tuition.
Students are eligible to receive credit for internships that have been documented through Career Services. Once selected the student must meet with the Director of Career Services and pick up the internship contract and supporting papers. The student will
bring the contract to the internship site before his/her first day at work. The contract must be completed and signed, and then returned to Career Services. At the end of the internship, both the student and the host supervisor evaluate the experience on the supplied evaluation forms and the student must submit a one-page reflection discussing their internship experience. The forms are turned in to the Director before grades are issued.
A student interning for credit can also be paid by the host organization. Again, the position must meet the criteria of an intern/trainee and not an employee.
The contract outlines the basic work agreement between the intern and the host. That is, what duties the intern will have, what he/she
will learn, and the hours and days the intern will work.
If the Host requires a separate contract for the intern to sign, a blank copy must be given to the Director of Career Services to keep on file.
In the event the intern submits original material to be considered for development by the Company, or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, the Company must negotiate with the intern in good faith for the acquisition of rights in and to the original material.
The Host supervisor should contact the Director of Career Services at 661.253.7892 or by email  with questions and concerns regarding CalArts interns.