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Creating an Internship Program

Companies offer paid and unpaid internships for many reasons: building their talent pipeline, training and educating potential hires, testing whether potential hires are a good fit, and enhancing their ties to colleges and universities as well as the local community.

When done well, internship programs can enhance employers' recruitment and retention efforts, as well as employee satisfaction.

To achieve these positive results, it's crucial that HR professionals and supervisors understand the legal obligations that apply to paid and unpaid internships. State and federal laws regulate when interns should be considered employees and therefore entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, workers' compensation and other protections.

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April is National Internship Awareness Month

HR's role concerning internship programs depends on the situation. If an organization has no internship program, then HR's first task is to convince upper management of the wisdom of establishing one. Making that case will entail coming up with some specifics on organizational needs, wages, hours, policies, legal issues and metrics.
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