Unpaid Internship Resource Center
The Unpaid Internship Experts
At Intern Bridge, we strongly believe that all internships should offer hourly monetary compensation. This best practices recommendation is based on countless hours of proprietary research utilizing survey responses from over 100,000 students, discussing the issues with our nationwide network of career center and human resources practitioners, and taking into account critical business and economic principles.
While we consistently advocate for paid opportunities for students, unpaid internships have built a strong presence in the internship space. Recently, the Department of Labor began an awareness campaign to share information regarding potential legal issues with hosting unpaid interns. This Unpaid Internship Resource Center has been designed to share as much up-to-date information as possible.
Below, you will find numerous Intern Bridge products and services, in addition to important links to the Department of Labor website, media websites, and blogs (browsing the "comments" sections on each site yields interesting viewpoints.) Do you have a link that should be added or a question about unpaid internships? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intern Bridge Resources
Fair Labor Standards Act Whitepaper
2010 Internship Salary Report
Consulting For Universities: The Unpaid Internship Working Session
Intern Wages: The Business Case, The Data, and The Trends - WEBINAR ARCHIVE
The Debate Over Unpaid College Internships. A research paper by Dr. Phil Gardner
Free Webinar: The Impact of Unpaid Internships on College Career Centers
Department of Labor
Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Opinion Letter FLSA2006-12
Opinion Letter FLSA2004-5NA
Opinion Letter FLSA2002-8
Official Statements / Reports
13 College Presidents to Department of Labor
Economic Policy Institute to Department of Labor: Response to 13 University Presidents
Joseph Aouin, President of Northeastern University, Editorial
Economic Policy Institute: Paving the Way through Paid Internships
Senator John Kerry to Department of Labor
Congressman Issa to President Obama
New York Times: The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not
Fox News: Obama Administration Considers Cracking Down on Unpaid Internships
Fox Business News: Feds Crack Down on Unpaid Internships
Christian Science Monitor: Unpaid Interns Struggle To Make Ends Meet
U.S. News & World Report: Is the Unpaid Internship for Everyone?
Wall Street Journal: Do Unpaid Internships Favor the Rich?
Bloomberg: Does and Don'ts of Unpaid Internships
Inc. Magazine: Watch Out - That Unpaid Intern Could Cost You
Chronicle of Higher Education: DOL Releases New Rules for 'Educational' Internships
Chronicle of Higher Education: Would You Like Credit With That Internships?
Wall Street Journal: War on Interns
Huffington Post: Your Unpaid Internship Ate My Social Mobility
Cornell Daily Sun: Cornell Looks for Solutions
CBS News: Is CBS News' Unpaid Internship Fair?
National Public Radio: Questioning the Ethics of Unpaid Internships
Southern California Public Radio: Unpaid Internships: Do They Perpetuate Inequality?
Minnesota Public Radio: Unpaid Internships- Priceless Experience?
Economic Policy Institute Forum: Financing Internships for Low-Income Students
Additional Website Coverage
WetFeet: Unpaid Internships: No Pay, No Gain?
Fashionista: Will Prohibiting Unpaid Internships Kill the Fashion Industry?
Slate: Internships for College Credit Are A Scam