There are some very serious legal obligations your organization must comply with – even as a startup – if you are planning on using unpaid interns.
These obligations include the following –
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
Call Alternative HR today to find out if your company’s program is in-line with the legal requirements of utilizing unpaid interns.