1. The intern cannot displace a regular employee.
2. The intern is not guaranteed a job at the end of the internship.
3. The company and intern understand that the intern shall not be paid for his/her work during the internship.
4. The intern must receive training from the company.
5. The intern must receive hands on experience with equipment and processes of the industry.
6. The intern's training must primarily benefit the intern and not the company.
It is best for the company to have a well written agreement which sets out the term of the internship, the fact that the intern shall not be paid, will receive training, etc. The Law Office of Kristine S. Karila drafts such contracts and consults with employers to guide them with internships so as to prevent being sued for unpaid wages, etc. or being audited by the state.
If you are a worker who was considered to be an unpaid intern and any of the above elements was not met, call Kristine S. Karila, Employment Law Attorney for a free phone consultation. 949-481-6909.