If you are like many business owners, you have considered adding summer internship programs at your company. This method of on-the-job training is a popular choice for businesses and young workers alike. However, the legal environment makes hiring unpaid interns very complex. It is critical to know the basic rules of hiring unpaid interns at for-profit companies. Make sure you follow these six rules:
1. The internship provides training similar to an "educational environment".
2. Only the intern benefits from the internship experience.
3. The intern does not displace regular employees and works under supervision of existing staff.
4. The employer gets no immediate advantage from the intern's work and operations are even potentially impaired.
5. The end of an internship does not entitle the intern to a job.
6. Both employer and intern understand the time spent together in the internship does not entitle the intern to wages.
Internships can be a great experience for both the intern and your company, as long as they're done right and compliant with the FLSA. Call on our expertise to help you structure your internship program correctly so that you can set up a successful internship program that's right for your company.