State Internship Laws
Each state may pass state-specific laws that apply to activities taking place within
their state, such as supervised field experiences, clinicals, and internships. State-specific
laws include requirements that must be met before an internship can take place, such
as the two laws listed below:
New Hampshire Internship Registration Requirements for Unpaid Internships
New Hampshire requires that programs such as internships, job shadowing, or mentor
programs be approved by the Labor Commissioner when a student is working for practical
experience and is not being paid or is being paid at a sub-minimum rate per Regulations
(RSA 279:22-aa; New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 805).
- To be properly registered, the program and placement work site must be registered
with the NH Department of Labor.
- Additional questions regarding this requirement can be found on the following web
page FAQ: https://www.nh.gov/labor/faq/school-to-work.htm#approval
The Colorado Worker’s Compensation Act defines unpaid interns as employees and requires
the university overseeing the internship/monitoring/supervising the internship to
provide them with Worker’s Compensation insurance. See Colorado Department of Labor
and Employment: https://cdle.colorado.gov/workers-compensation-act
(C.R.S. 8-40-302(7); C.R.S. 8-43-409)
To prevent violation of this regulation, please take into account the following:
- The Worker’s Compensation Act does not allow students to purchase their own insurance
for worker’s compensation. Instead, it requires the university or the entity within
Colorado where the internship is being completed to provide worker’s compensation
- Student teachers are required to have worker's compensation coverage provided by the
district in which they are completing their student teaching per § 22-62-105 (as part
of the Cooperative Teacher Education Act). [See the Act for more information]
- In order to purchase Colorado worker's compensation insurance, a university would
have to affirm in the insurance application that the unpaid intern is the employee
of the university. Under Mississippi law, an unpaid intern is not the employee of
the university facilitating their internship.
- Since The University of Southern Mississippi cannot purchase worker’s compensation
insurance as required by Colorado law, USM students enrolled in either online or on-campus
programs cannot be placed in an on-ground unpaid field placement, internship, or clinicals
in the State of Colorado.
- Paid internships can be completed in Colorado, as paid internships do not fall under
the Worker’s Compensation Act.
If you have any questions or concerns, email stateauthorizationsFREEMississippi.