Jobs and Internships: Employer Resources

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Jobs and internships are vital in our students' career development process. Both are experiential learning opportunities, critical for students to be competitive in their chosen career fields.

Student Services can help you support students by posting part-time and full-time jobs and internships on our dedicated database. Below are some guidelines to help you identify the type of opportunity you have for our students.

Volunteer, practicum, and internship are words that are sometimes used interchangeably. However, there are differences. Here are some guidelines to help you understand what distinguishes these different types of experiences:

The University of Oregon operates on an academic quarter system with 10-week terms, starting in September, January, April, and June (summer term). For opportunities where the student will receive academic credit, post your opportunity early in the term prior to the term when you want the intern to work with you.

When students opt for academic credit they will be paying tuition for the support and coordination of both the hands-on learning and academic guidance through specific work-learning goals. Students are responsible to register for credit and get approval from academic faculty. A general guideline for credit calculation is 30 hours of internship for every 1 credit. Example: 3 credits = 9 hours a week for 10 weeks or 90 total hours.

Don’t have an opportunity to post but still want to help? You can connect with students for mentoring and networking, or share your own career story on panels or in an informational interview. However you want to participate, we need you! And we appreciate your commitment to assist our students in reaching their career goals. Choose to be a mentor, review portfolios, invite students to visit your office or studio, participate in Student Services events (panel discussions, roundtables, recruiting). However you want to support students, your contribution is valuable. Contact Student Services to find out how you can participate.


Organizations are seeking to fill entry-level positions with qualified candidates. Hiring cycles often align with graduation dates.

  • Goal: Gain entry to income/career path
  • Required skills: Specified skills aligned with job requirements and pay scale
  • Level of commitment: High—typically 2-week notice minimal for resignation, longer for more professional levels
  • Pay rate: Typically determined by industry and skill/experience level

Want to post an opportunity (job or internship)?


Nonprofit organizations often seek volunteers to add short term staff resources, or provide community service opportunities.

The following might be a typical student profile for this type of position:

  • Goal: Gain exposure to an organization/field and/or contribute to a cause
  • Required skills: Minimal to none
  • Level of commitment: Minimal; individual interest, reputation, personal work ethics
  • Pay rate: None


This educational opportunity typically is in partnership with an academic program that provides oversight and structure to ensure student learning outcomes that might include reflective journals, custom assignments, and evaluations. Students pay tuition to earn credit for this facilitated experiential learning.

Organizations choose this option to support student learning, to access skill sets for particular tasks, and participate as a mentor in student education. Often organizational motives include supporting the development of the emerging professional pool in the field or discipline.

A student in this category might have this profile:

  • Goal: Gain experience in an organization, field; broad exposure, exploratory.
  • Required skills: Some skills helpful, ranging from basic administrative to computer organization, or others specific to field in order to contribute to the organization's efforts and participate in day-to-day operations to learn.
  • Level of commitment: Typically designated/agreed upon timeframe aligned with academic terms and credit requirements.
  • Pay rate: None

NOTE: Architecture and Interior Architecture students onsite work must not be associated with the firm's billable hours. If students are working on projects associated with billable work then the student should be in a paid internship. This is based upon AIA standards and labor laws. One exception is pre-approved nonprofit organizations.

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An internship is a professional development and work-learning exchange typically brokered between student and site supervisor. It is a supervised experiential learning opportunity where students apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting. As the host of the intern, you identify learning goals and projects to give the intern specific career-related experience and provide feedback on performance. The internship also acts as a practical, in-depth interview, allowing you to discover whether a student is a good fit for long-term employment. The internship may be for credit or not for credit, with academic oversight when associated with credit.

An internship is not a project at home which can use some of the expertise our students have gained, for example, creating a design and drawings for your new garage. (This might be a great part-time paid job opportunity, though!). It is also not unpaid extra help at your office or business. The US Department of Labor has established guidelines to help you determine when an intern must be paid.

An Internship Agreement/Contracting is highly recommended to ensure clarity of expectations and a good match. Students opting for credit pay tuition for academic oversight and professional development support.

The following might be a typical student profile for this type of position:

  • Goal: Gain direct work experience in chosen field, expand professional development in related areas, explore new fields for transferable skill building.
  • Required skills: Specific skills identified and brokered as trade for mentorship and learning opportunity. Graduate level internships will bring high level leadership and professional skills and anticipate compensation, and high level of engagement.
  • Level of commitment: Committed period of time, sometimes aligned with academic term, though can extend depending upon agreements.
  • Pay rate: None to paid depending upon requirements, skill level and standards within the field; other benefits negotiable such as stipend, travel, housing, access to resources/events.

Large or small, for profit or nonprofit, public or private sector organizations can all host interns. Share your experience and support a student in their career development. Internships may be posted on DuckConnect.

NOTE: The field of Architecture typically uses the term "Internship" to define an entry-level paid professional position after graduation as an Intern Architect. However, students in architecture do participate in paid experiential learning during the academic year and these positions are sometimes referred to as internships, but are at the student level. If you have questions you may contact the architecture department directly (Phone: 541-346-3656, to clarify current policy on pre-graduation paid and unpaid, credit and non/credit experiences and consult with NCARB for regulations toward licensure.

How do I develop and post the internship?

First, develop a position description for the internship. Include:

  • organization information
  • title, duties/responsibilities
  • learning goals
  • qualifications/requirements
  • pay/no pay
  • schedule (hrs/week, daily schedule if appropriate)
  • how to apply
  • one-time or ongoing program (host interns on a regular basis)

Next, set up a plan for how the intern will be trained, supervised, and evaluated.

When you have all that put together, access the posting database to set up your account. If you have questions about posting, contact Student Services for assistance.

Additional Resources

Websites with more detail on hosting internships:

Information on architecture internships and licensing through NCARB:

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