Internships are work experiences that provide students with practical knowledge in a particular field or area of study. They are a type of hands-on, experiential learning that occurs in a professional work setting for a specified period of time.

Students are assigned an on-site supervisor who creates specific learning objectives to be achieved throughout the duration of the internship. During an internship, students are able to apply classroom knowledge and skills to the work place while learning additional career-related skills and competencies.

Recruiting Interns

Paid or unpaid?
Internships may be paid or unpaid, but MUST follow the U.S. Department of Labor's Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. We strongly encourage employers to arrange, at minimum, some kind of stipend for an unpaid internship to cover students travel and lunch expenses. This will help increase your applicant pool.

The average hourly intern wage for bachelor's degree-level interns during the 2015-16 academic year was $17.69 according to the NACE 2016 Internship & Co-op Survey.

Can I give academic credit for my internship?

Academic credit for an internship can only be arranged through the student's academic department and is subject to the rules and approval of their specific academic program.

Some students choose to work with their faculty advisor to receive academic credit for their internships while other students choose to participate in an internship simply for the experience. For students choosing to receive academic credit, they will let you know the appropriate paperwork that needs to be completed.

Please note:Students who do internships for credit must pay for that credit so consider offering flexible hours for your unpaid interns so that they can secure a part-time job to cover their expenses. 

How do I recruit for interns at Mason?

The first step to reaching the greatest number of students is to post your internship in HireMason, our online job and internship database.

University Career Services also hosts many Signature Events and career-related events each semester to help you connect with students on campus about your opportunities. In addition, you can Build Your Own Event (BYOE). To discuss a more tailored recruiting plan, set up a Recruiting Consultation with your Industry Advisor.

Developing an internship? 

We recommend reviewing job descriptions of current employees to determine what type of work can be expanded or augmented. Then develop a thorough job description for the intern, ensuring that 50% or more of the intern's tasks are career-related. Involve the manager or mentor who will supervise the student in developing learning objectives and clear goals for achievement.

Patriot Pipeline Internship Program

Hiring for summer interns in 2017? Get access to Mason students with an enhanced level of career readiness through our Patriot Pipeline! Students who find internships through the Patriot Pipeline Internship Program are required to attend a professional development session about what it takes to successfully navigate their internship experience.

Our Patriot Pipeline employers receive these benefits
  • Increased marketing of your position(s)
  • The ability to target specific student populations
  • Exclusive events created just for Patriot Pipeline employers
  • Professional development provided to your interns on how to succeed in an internship
  • Student feedback about the internship experience at your company
This program is FREE and participating employers agree to these terms
  • Report the names and email addresses of the student(s) hired for your internship
  • Require the Mason Career Readiness Conference as a part of the intern's onboarding experience 
  • Meet with intern(s) to discuss their performance and provide them a written evaluation
  • Complete a brief exit survey of your experience in the program

If this is your first time hosting an intern...

We ask that you participate in the Internship Best Practices Webinar we created just for you. Once you have completed the webinar, your internship position will be included as a part of the Patriot Pipeline Internship program.

Internship Best Practices Webinar
Learn how to craft an appealing internship posting, create a welcoming learning environment, and provide feedback to your interns about their performance
  • Monday, February 6: 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Monday, February 27: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 24: 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Thursday, April 6: 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 3 to 4 p.m.

A registration link for the dates listed above will be emailed to you once you are a registered Patriot Pipeline employer.

How to Participate

Program registration is now closed. Stay tuned for more information in the fall about summer 2018 dates.


Hiring Interns on F-1 Visa

  • Positions must be integral to the student's program of study
  • Paid or compensated positions require proper work authorization through University Career Services and the Office of International Programs and Services
Find out more about hiring international students.

Contact Us

Patriot Pipeline

General Internship Questions

Federal Pathways Internship Program
and Federal Volunteer Internships

If you have offered a Mason student a Pathways position or a Federal Volunteer Internship and need an agreement signed, please direct the student to University Career Services, Debbie Zuiker, SUB I, Room 3400 on the Fairfax campus.