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Internship Liability Concerns

Medical Insurance

Students are responsible for obtaining their own medical insurance for injuries to self. WSU’s Office of Benefits and Payroll Services has student medical insurance available; the student may be able to be listed on their parents’ insurance policy; or the student could obtain insurance through a local vendor.

Worker’s Compensation

If a student is paid in an employment capacity, the student should be covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation policy. If a student is unpaid or receives a stipend, it is highly advisable for an employer to obtain a rider to its existing workers’ compensation policy to cover the intern.

Professional Liability

Many students are able to obtain liability insurance for a low cost through a WSU insurance policy offered through WSU’s Risk Management Office or through a professional association in their field.