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Career Center

Career Center careercenter@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-6121
fax: 208-885-2816
Idaho Commons, Room 334
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2534
Moscow, ID 83844-2534

Hours

Career Center Hours
Monday-Friday (Academic Year)
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday-Friday (Summer)
7:30 am-12 pm and 1 - 4:30 pm

Drop-In Hours:
Monday-Friday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm 
at the Career Center
Mon, Wed, & Thurs, 2-4:30 pm
at Career Center @ CBE (ALB 013B)

Appointment Suggested.
Drop-Ins Welcomed.

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Internship Salaries

Internship Compensation Info

There are many forms of compensation that students receive for the work they do in their internship.  Although not all forms of compensation have a monetary value, it is important to remember that the non-cash compensation are often more valuable than money.  Some of the ways that employers compensate interns include:
  • Training and professional development
  • Opportunity to learn and develop industry-relevant skills
  • Networking opportunities
  • Letters of recommendation for future employment
  • Mentoring from an experienced professional
  • Hourly wage
  • Educational stipend
  • Housing allowance
  • Relocation allowance

In addition to the various ways interns are compensated, internship salaries also vary greatly.  Industry, job type, and organization type play a key role in the amount of compensation you can expect as an intern.

For example, internships related to liberal arts majors (in museums, art galleries, in social service agencies, libraries, etc.) are typically unpaid internships.  Likewise, internships in non-profits, small local start-up businesses, and some government agencies are also typically unpaid.

Schedule a time to talk with a Career Center advisor if you have questions about the compensation for the internships that you are considering.


To determine what a competitive entry-level salary for your area is, we would recommend the following sources. By comparing your current entry-level salary to what is listed in your geographical area, you can determine how competitive your salaries are. 
  • Seniors: 80-85% of entry-level salary
  • Juniors: 70-75% of entry-level salary
  • Sophomores: 60-75% of entry level salary
  • Idaho Salaries

    Idaho Salaries: Idaho Department of Labor 

    1. Using the link above, select the geographic area that is closest to you.
    2. Scroll through the list of jobs and find one that most closely represents your position. This report lists the average salary, entry-level salaries, and middle range for each job.
    3. Take the appropriate percentage of the entry-level salary listed.
    Example:
    You find that the entry-level salary for civil engineers in Boise is $24.12/hr. If you want to hire a senior-level student for your CE internship, a competitive salary would be $19.30-$20.50/hr.
    (.80 x 24.12 - .85 x 24.12)
  • Salaries from other States

    Salaries from other States: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    (Salary data for each state)

    1. Using this link to the Bureau of Labor, then select the state and occupational group that your job falls in. 
    2. Find the occupation that most closely fits your job. This report typically lists the mean or average salary, along with the median (midpoint). By clicking on the actual job link, you can get more salary data. Including the salaries for the bottom percentage of workers and top salaries for that job. 
    3. Assuming that the bottom salaries may be a closer representation of entry-level salaries, you should be able to estimate a competitive salary for that state. Using the percentages listed on the previous page, calculate your internship salary. 
  • Salaries from Major Metropolitan Areas within Each State
    1. Using this link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, select the geographic area that is closest to you.
    2. Scroll through the list of jobs and find one that most closely represents your position. This report lists the average salary, entry-level salaries, and middle range for each job.
    3. Take the appropriate percentage of the entry-level salary listed.
    Example:
    You find that the entry-level salary for civil engineers in Boise is $24.12/hr. If you want to hire a senior-level student for your CE internship, a competitive salary would be $19.30-$20.50/hr.
    (.80 x 24.12 - .85 x 24.12)

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Salaries from non-Metropolitan Areas

    Salaries from the smaller cities or geographic areas

    1. Using this link, select the state and town/geographical area that is closest to the area you are researching. 
    2. Select the occupational group that your job falls and the occupation that most closely matches your job.
    3. This report typically lists the mean or average salary, along with the median (midpoint). However, by clicking on the individual job link, you can find more salary data. Including the salaries for the bottom percentage of workers and top salaries for that job. 
    4. Assuming that the bottom salaries may be a closer representation of entry-level salaries, you should be able to estimate a competitive salary for that state. Using the percentages listed on the previous page, calculate your internship salary.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics