20 Jun Treat Your Interns Right
Treat your interns well, and they will reward you.
I’ve seen/heard a lot in the news over the past couple weeks about intern rules. It appears, unsurprisingly, many companies grossly mistreat their unpaid interns, and a crackdown on these companies is ensuing.
Have a look at Craigslist — the number of postings calling for unpaid interns to do the work of a paid employee is astounding. I once worked for a company where the CEO repeatedly asked interns to do dumb little tasks that had nothing to do with the stated purpose of their internship.
My stomach roiled every time.
“If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law,” Nancy J. Leppink of the U.S. labor department told the New York Times.
Read up on the law or talk to your corporate attorney. Comply. Give these young employees a break. You’ll be surprised what they’ll do for you.