Unpaid interns are an excellent way to give back to the community while screening potential fresh talent for an organization. Colleges and universities once looked down upon unpaid internships with a feeling that students should be paid for their work. Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich., had once refused to publish unpaid requests but now allow them to be presented to students.
However employers with intern programs quickly discover interns do not work at the same level as long-term employees because much of their internship is spent in training.
Wage labor laws have scared off many employers from unpaid programs because of potential suits for hiring people without proper remuneration. However school credit or simple experience is a viable remuneration legal provided the intern is getting something of value from the program.
Here are six simple tests to ensure your intern program is a legitimate unpaid intern program. Click on any subject to open it for a better description or simply follow the list attached to this article.
- Intern cannot replace a paid employee
- Intern cannot be guaranteed a job at the conclusion of the intern period
- There is no entitlement for wages during the program
- Training must be provided
- Experience must be hands-on with real equipment and processes
- Intern must be the primary beneficiary.
One additional point is that it is best to prepare a contract prior to the intern’s start to ensure they understand the lack of wages and any potential for monetary rewards, such as commissions.
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