Non-credit internships are usually done independently by students to supplement their formal education and to gain practical work experience. Personal reflection is strongly encouraged to make the experience more meaningful. These internships may or may not be paid. Paid internships may offer compensation, which is usually a weekly salary, but it may also involve a stipend, travel allowance, housing, food, etc.
NOTE: Unpaid, non-credit internships are subject to scrutiny by the Department of Labor. When participating in an unpaid, non-credit internship, students are encouraged to ask if the employer is following guidelines in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to ensure liability compliance. Additional information about this can be found on the Employer Section of http://career.uconn.edu/internships-and-coops/.