Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    My first ebook: Intern Compensation

    One of the coolest and most tedious things I got to work on during my short time at InternMatch has been the intern compensation ebook.  I started the project with near zero understanding of labor regulations and by the end of the week, I felt like half an expert.

    To write the ebook, I dug through news articles, Department of Labor memos and blog posts written by lawyers and HR experts.  It felt like I was back in college writing a research paper.  Quite the break from my usual marketing and lead generation duties.

    The most eye opening revelation from all the research was how almost all unpaid internships are techincally illegal.  The Department of Labor's six criteria for a legal unpaid internship are so vague and broad, chances are if an intern sued an employer over an unpaid internship, he would most likely win.  However, the value of unpaid wages won in a lawsuit would most likely be far less than the cost of a lawyer.  That is unfortunate because employers should be held  accountable for unpaid internships that do nothing but take advantage of desperate students and new grads.

    Get educated on Intern Compensation, read the ebook.

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