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When to Take an Unpaid Media Internship?

unpaid-internshipNo one likes to hear the words “unpaid internship.” It carries with it the connotation of a glorfied coffee runner or file clerk that can be abused or manipulated into doing a task for the veiled promise of a job. With law suits being filed against companies for using their interns as integral parts of their work force, it makes for a pretty strong argument that all internships should be paid. And while I agree, I don’t think we’re going to see that happen anytime soon. That leaves media students scrambling in the competitive market of paid internships and many others being left in the dust.

So, when should you take an unpaid internship? Read more

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Is Your Company’s Internship Program Legal?

With recent lawsuits over unpaid work by former interns from Harper’s BazaarCharlie Rose and the movie Black Swan, unpaid internships have come under fire as being exploitative and, many times, illegal. But with the U.S. Department of Labor’s “test for unpaid interns” leaving too much room for interpretation, it’s hard to know where the line is drawn.

According to the labor department, interns at a for-profit business who qualify as employees “typically must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.” That means if your intern is slaving over a project until 2 a.m. at the office, you better be writing those checks.

Remember, the bottom line is that an unpaid intern’s experience should be focused on his education more so than his benefit to the company, so make sure he or she is picking up a valuable experience.

For more ways to keep your program legit and rewarding, read 7 Things That Are Ruining Your Company’s Internship Program.

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