Internships and externships provide temporary work opportunities for individuals completing their studies in a particular field before taking a job in that industry. But, while interns and externs may only work at your company for a short time, typically from three months to one year, they are active representatives of your brand and will be affiliated with your organization during their internship and beyond.

Reliable Background Screening recommends comprehensive internship and externship background check for every potential intern or extern hire, especially if the candidate will be handling sensitive information, company assets, cash, or working directly with children. The intern screening process will not only confirm or deny information listed by an applicant, but it can shed more light to an individual’s overall character and behavior through customized social media screening.

Hiring the right applicants can greatly minimize risk to the workplace, prevent costly consequences, and most importantly, preserve your company’s reputation. Because interns and externs often have access to the same privileges and resources as permanent employees do, screening these temporary team members should be held to the same standard as long-term staff.

Don’t hire an intern or extern with an undesirable or dangerous criminal past, who could quickly damage your organization’s brand and reputation.

Whether through traditional print, radio, and television media, or in today’s world of viral social media, bad press can significantly damage your franchise company network. Performing intern or extern background checks can be your best defense, whether you have to respond to a television reporter, fight a social media blitz directed against your company, or face a courtroom judge and jury.

After learning more about your internship and externship screening needs, Reliable Background Screening can help your organization:

  • Save money by not onboarding an intern or extern you never should have hired
  • Protect against potential liability from Negligent Hiring and Retention lawsuits
  • Reduce personnel turnover expenses
  • Uncover criminal backgrounds on prospective interns or externs that could threaten your organization
  • Identify higher quality candidates
  • Safeguard existing employees and clients
  • Maintain Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Compliance
  • Protect your brand image

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Reliable offers a complete array of drug testing services through its strategic alliances, with thousands of drug testing locations nationwide. From one point of contact, you can have control over creating, monitoring, and completing a drug screening event through our secure 24/7 online web portal.

Whether your organization needs a 5-Panel Instant Drug Test, a 9-Panel, 10-Panel, DOT-Panel or a customized panel tailored to your company’s specific needs, Reliable can provide the drug testing options that your firm requires.


  • Unmatched Quality Control review of FCRA-compliant background screening reports will help ensure that any input errors do not result in invalid results
  • Partner with the major credit bureaus, with Canadian Credit Reports also available
  • Capabilities to research records from every county courthouse throughout the nation
  • Exclusive access to national and state data, including comprehensive motor vehicle records, eviction records, and criminal records for all 50 states
  • International criminal checks are also available
  • Personalized screening, with Customer Service Agents available weekdays
  • Secure online services tailored to your specific requirements available 24/7
  • A+ Accredited with the Better Business Bureau
  • Winner of the Sterling Award, honoring companies for quality service, integrity, and community stewardship


Reliable Background Screening is the trusted source for all your intern and extern background check and drug screening needs, with unparalleled quality control and live-agent verified reports.


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Background checks should be performed on both interns and externs, for the same reasons that companies perform employee screening, and non-profits perform volunteer screening. Intern and Extern background checks help mitigate against the risk of Negligent Hiring and Retention Liability.
The specifics of a background check are decided by the company. However, if the internship or externship is important to the candidate approval process, then the intern or extern experience should be verified.
Internship and Externship candidates should always undergo a background check. Intern and Extern background checks help mitigate the risk of Negligent Hiring and Retention Liability.