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When does an internship cross the line and become unlawful? www.shutterstock.com

Are unpaid internships unlawful?

Employers run the risk of breaking the law if they are getting interns to do work that otherwise would be done by paid employees.
Some companies have been known to treat interns as free labour instead of skilling them. But employment rates suggest internships are still worthwhile. Shutterstock

Despite rorting of internship programs, they’re still worthwhile

In Australia, interns rarely get paid. Students and prospective employees undertake internships in order to skill themselves in the industry they wish to work in and to get a foot in the door. Issues arise…
Interns are a key feature of the modern workplace. flickr/Drew Leavy

Internships and real world politics

The Education Office of the Western Australian State Parliament introduces students to the “real world” of politics and policy making though an internship program. The parliamentary internship looks a…
Interns should be more than just coffe-gophers … shouldn’t they? flickr/happydog

For love not money: interns and the modern workplace

Last week Reuters reported a former intern at Harper’s Bazaar is suing the magazine’s publisher, Hearst Corporation, saying her internship violated US labour laws because it was unpaid. The intern, who…

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