The Internship Agreement + Externship Agreement Templates

The Internship Agreement + Externship Agreement Templates



Internships and externships may be similar, but they have key differences.

The internship agreement is one that I use in my own business. Without using ANY “legalese”, it will lay out exactly what federal regulations require, and will very clearly define what is expected of both parties, such as who owns the work? What is confidential within the business? How many hours can the student intern work? Is commission available? What is the length of the agreement? What happens to your job once the project wraps?

However, the first thing you’ll note is that it is written in completely plain English…because at the end of the day, you need an agreement that can be understood by both parties.

Externships are similar to internships, with the exception that class credit is used as compensation. This area of the law is a tricky one to navigate, and your contract must contain the clearest of language. Without using ANY “legalese”, this contract will cover all six federally-regulated standards, so that both parties are completely covered

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For the convenience of my clients, I started drafting my contracts in a slightly different way than most: I break it into halves. Generally speaking, the first “half” contains the business terms: meaning you can go to town customizing this portion of the contract yourself.

The “second half”? That’s where the “legal terms” are housed- so you know clearly what must stay in.

Other than that, here is what you can generally expect in one of the templates:

  • intro paragraphs, so we know who the parties are, the effective date, and the purpose of the agreement

  • ALL of your payment and price terms (including payment schedules, timelines, refund policies deliverables, shipping and more)

  • a complete list of your services (when I say complete, I mean truly complete)

  • pesky provisions you may need but aren’t sure how to word, like confidentiality, exclusivity, creative license, and more

  • intellectual property terms, such as who owns what’s created (plus options for scenarios arising in the future)

  • paragraphs that may be awkward to talk about, such as cancellations, reschedules, no-shows, etc

  • all of those “legal” paragraphs that only experience in a courtroom can teach you to look for, like remedies, warranties, limitation of liability, employment status of the parties, force majeure, and more than 10 others


Contracts typically take between 6-12 hours to draft for a standard agreement, which when taken into account with the industry-standard billable hour rate, results in a value of at least $1,200 - $2,400 per template.

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