Internship Placement Service Provider Says That Unpaid Internships Must Now Pass Federal Muster

USAIntern.com gives tips how to ensure that an unpaid internship is legitimate.

Online PR News – 09-June-2011 – New York, New York – According to Chanin Coyle, President of USAIntern, LLC (www.usaintern.com), an online leader in internship placement services throughout the United States, the popularity of unpaid internships is on the rise, due in part by a sluggish economy.

“When it comes to unpaid internships, job seekers are eager for the opportunity to make connections and demonstrate their skills,” Coyle says, “and short-handed employers are grateful to have extra workers.”

Unfortunately, exploitation of unpaid interns has also been on the rise and, last year, the U.S. Department of Labor responded by requiring that employers meet a six-point test to justify bringing unpaid people into the workplace.

The bottom line for employers, according to Coyle, is that if they are considering offering unpaid internships, they need to keep the following questions in mind:

• Is the training that the intern will receive similar to what they would receive in college or vocational school?
• Will the internship primarily benefit of the intern, rather than the employer?
• Will the intern displace regular employees or will the intern work under regular employees?
• Will the company derive any immediate advantage from the intern’s activities?
• Will the intern be entitled to full-time employment at the conclusion of the internship?
• Do both the employer and the intern clearly understand, in advance, that this will be an uncompensated position?

“There is no right or wrong answer to the questions on this Federal test,” says Coyle. “The legal system will look at the total picture in order to determine if an employer is violating labor laws.”

This is why, Coyle says, anyone looking to apply for an internship or hire an intern for their company should visit www.USAIntern.com to ensure success and safety for everyone involved.

Launched in 2005, USAIntern, LLC (www. USAIntern.com) was developed by students for students and now includes a databank of more than 2,000 employers and more than 20,000 registered students. The website’s mission is to assist both students and employers by helping companies develop quality internship programs, and to provide a quick and easy resource for students to find internships, externships, course credits and volunteer opportunities. From simple job and resume postings, to comprehensive candidate recommendations and screenings for employers, the company’s vast array of employers has included NFL Films, The National Constitution Center, U.S. Department of Justice, Special Olympics, Comcast and the American Bar Association, and many more. One of the only websites devoted entirely to internships, as well as one of the largest and most comprehensive, USAIntern.com offers both students and employers tools and resources to “find and be found.” For more information, visit www.USAIntern.com, call (856) 675-1288, or e-mail internships@usaintern.com.

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