How do we compensate students for the work they perform at our agency?

You are not obligated to provide compensation for students placed at your agency. Students are usually able to earn funds for their internships via Federal Work Study. The way it works is that the federal government funds 75 percent of the student’s compensation on the grounds that the students are providing a valuable service to the community, while the remaining 25 percent is covered by Columbia University. Your agency is not responsible for providing the funding.