University of St. Thomas Compliance Externship Program

April 17  

Compliance and ethics programs are essential to companies today, but many still lack the resources to develop a living, breathing and functioning program. As the only institution in the region offering graduate programs in this field, the University of St. Thomas, through the School of Law and Opus College of Business, can help your business grow in this area. We can provide your organization with bright, motivated law students for remote compliance externships to help you build or boost your compliance and ethics program. 

The global pandemic has presented our students, like others, with extraordinary educational and employment challenges this summer and many have not yet secured an externship. They need your help and the good news is, you will benefit, too! Students earn 3 credits for this elective, experiential course. Basics about the course are below as well as some ideas of projects that you may have on the back burner which would be well suited to these students. I appreciate your consideration of this request. If you would be interested in learning more, please email Colleen Dorsey at [email protected].

You can also find information about our Compliance Externship at

Dates of placement: June 3 – August 5

Paid or Unpaid: up to the placement company (typical rate if paid $17-$20/per hour)

Hours: approximately 17 hours per week to get to 130 over the summer term

Oversight: a person with compliance and ethics expertise oversees the activities of the student

Project Examples/Ideas:

  • Research 
  • Website reviews 
  • Creation or updating of compliance and ethics related guidelines, manuals, policies
  • Creation of policy databases
  • Compiling lists of enforcement activity in a specific industry sector
  • Registration projects 
  • Licensing projects 
  • Risk assessments 
  • Surveys 
  • Compliance testing projects 
  • Drafting hypotheticals 
  • Comparison of laws/rules/standards
  • Creation of training materials
  • Updating or creation of Code of Conduct/Ethics
  • Record Management Policy creation
  • Analyzing of contract data 
  • Due diligence 
  • Compiling resource lists on certain topics of interest
  • Hotline auditing 
  • Redlining agreements 
  • Creating checklists
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