Internship Programs: Limiting Potential Liabilities Webcast Recording



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Learn to protect your institution from internship related liability through education, policies, and placement agreements. A well-defined program allows your institution to better inform students of their rights and responsibilities as an intern and set up clear expectations with the employer. Throughout this training, we will discuss critical considerations for any internship program including:

  • Constitutional protections
  • Student safety
  • Recent legal decisions

Through discussion and examples you will leave with clear guidelines on how you can develop or update internship policies and procedures that will better serve your students and institution. This program will focus on both paid and unpaid internships.

Sample Internship Agreement and Handbook

Included with your registration are a sample affiliation agreement and an internship handbook. These can be used as helpful guides when setting up agreements with potential employers and when communicating with students what is expected of them.

Who Should Attend

Career services leadership, academic advisors, student affairs, compliance managers, and internship coordinators need to attend this webcast. Faculty who manage internships will also benefit from this program.

Learning outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to improve your internship programs to reduce the risks of harm and litigation to your students and institution.  


  • Setting up the internship
    • Rights and protections of interns
    • Rights and protections of institutions
    • Recent events
  • Designing the Internship
    • Intern’s relationship with employer
    • Handling confidential material
    • Intern’s relationship with school
  • Traveling liabilities
    • Traveling out of state
    • Traveling abroad
  • Rights and protections of interns
    • Healthcare
    • Compensation
    • Employment law/constitutional protections
    • Recourse for injuries
  • Implications of the Affordable Care Act
  • FLSA implications
  • Where school risks meet intern rights
    • Employment law
    • Clery/Title IX and other compliance
    • Risk management
    • Shifting liability/responsibility


Rhonda Vickers Beassie, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Texas State University System

Rhonda Beassie is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, holds a BA in Criminal justice from Hawaii Pacific University and earned an AA in Paralegal Studies from Honolulu Community College. Rhonda has fifteen years of higher education experience having served as supervisor of internships, director of student legal services, clinical faculty, and assistant dean of career development prior to transitioning to representing universities.  


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