Unpaid Internships

If you are doing an unpaid internship, you will want to consider the following guidelines set by the Department of Labor to prevent employers from using Interns as "unpaid labor":

 The guidelines are as follows: 

  • Your internship should be an extension of your classroom education.
  • Your work activities should be related to your career goals.
  • Your employer should not use your intern position to offset the need for another employee.
  • You should be assigned a mentor.

Note: If you have a paid internship, you should be compensated at a rate of minimum wage or higher.