Prospective Company Applications

Thank you for your interest in the internship program through the UNF Department of Communication.  We are delighted that you thought of UNF for this opportunity. We understand that you would like to become an approved internship site, meaning that your name and information would appear on a special list introduced to students each semester as places they may apply for their internships (www.comminternships.wordpress.com).

However, before you begin filling out the attached application we’d like to make you aware of several important considerations.  The first involves the Federal Labor Standards Act, which has established a list of six criteria that must be met if an organization is considering offering college students unpaid internships.  The only entities that do not need to meet these criteria for unpaid internships are governmental or nonprofit organizations.

More specifically, an internship site can offer an unpaid internship if it meets these criteria:

  • The internship, even though it occurs within the facilities of the organization, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern, not necessarily the organization;
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but does works under close supervision of existing staff;
  • The organization that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, although products the intern creates may be of use;
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Within the Department of Communication, all internship sites (regardless of whether they’re paid or unpaid) must meet additional criteria and many of them you’ll be attesting to within the application.  Perhaps the most important of these are:

  • The internship must take place within a brick-and-mortar professional office space; it cannot take place within a home-based business or through a virtual environment;
  • The internship site must provide comprehensive general liability insurance on the facility stipulating limits of not less than $500,000 per person/$500,000 per occurrence.
  • The organization must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) FERPA, a federal law which protects the privacy rights of a student’s educational records. In the internship, this applies to confidentiality of the midterm and final student evaluations.
  • The internship cannot be conducted as either an online or a traveling experience; and
  • A supervisor must possess a college degree (preferably within the student’s field of study) and have sufficient experience in that same field.

Please read through all the criteria listed in the form below before you begin completing the application.  If your organization does not adhere to these criteria, we will not accept it as an approved internship site.

Company Application Form 2019

Company Application Form Comm Studies 2019

 

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