For a lot of nonprofit organizations, summertime means an influx of interns. Nonprofits are often not prepared to pay their interns a regular salary, and interns are often willing to take unpaid positions to gain valuable experience. Although unpaid internship programs may be acceptable, nonprofits should take care to meet certain criteria or risk having their interns be considered employees covered by federal minimum wage and overtime laws.
During this 30-minute webinar, our speaker provides an overview of:
• The ways in which interns are different from employees and volunteers.
• What requirements exist for internship programs.
• What steps you should take before providing internships.
• Tips to avoid an employer-employee relationship.
Presenter: Amy Jensen, Paul Hastings LLP
For many nonprofits, summertime means an influx of free help in the form of interns. Although unpaid internships are generally permissible in the nonprofit arena, nonprofits should approach these relationships with some degree of caution. If certain criteria are not met, it is possible that professional-adults.jpgthe interns will be considered employees of the organization who are covered by minimum wage and overtime laws. This article sets forth best practices to follow if your interns are unpaid.