Internship Legal Update for Employers

WEBINAR: Please join us for this presentation on November 19th @ 1:00pm CT

Internships have become a rite of passage for college and university students across the United States. Each year hundreds of thousands of employers hire interns. These internships provide students with practical experience and enhance the educational process. The explosion of student internships, closely followed by an equally explosive number of lawsuits brought by interns against their sponsoring companies, however, has created a perilous legal condition for both employers and educational institutions who sponsor or host internship programs.

This exclusive webcast will discuss employment law issues for organizations that host student interns or internship programs. During this presentation we will focus primarily on federal employment law issues, but will contain references to state law where applicable.  Furthermore, we will highlight potential issues that organizations should be aware of and how they should structure their internship programs in such a fashion so as to decrease the potential likelihood for violating federal or state employment laws.  Finally, this presentation will examine the conflict among courts and governmental agencies regarding the test to be applied in determining whether an intern is, in fact, an employee, eligible to receive the protections afforded him or her under federal, state and local laws.

So  how do the recent court decisons impact you, the students you hire and your organization?

In light of recent challenges to unpaid internship programs by federal and state departments of labor and unpaid interns themselves, there is a great deal of confusion regarding the obligations in setting up and managing unpaid internship programs. Many employers and institutions of higher learning have begun questioning if unpaid internship programs are still feasible in today’s ever-increasingly litigious environment.


Join us for this exclusive presentation to learn:

  • best-practices for facilitating internships and experiential education.
  • how to minimize legal risk while creating a beneficial internship program.
  • how to build lasting relationships with employers through meaningful partnerships.
  • components of an exceptional internship program

By registering, you’ll receive:

    • LIVE, web access to the training session for your entire staff plus the ability to participate in the Q&A Session.
    • A video recording of this event and the slidedeck.
    • SHRM-PDC & HRCI Continuing education credits.


Steven Garrett is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Steven joined the firm in August 2013 after three years with the City of Austin, as Prosecutor in the Municipal Prosecution division where he prosecuted hundreds of cases and over twenty jury trials and then as an Assistant City Attorney in the Employment and Public Safety Division advising multiple city departments on employment issues as in-house counsel. Since joining the firm Steven has represented clients in a variety of labor and employment issues including negotiating initial collective bargaining agreements, litigating non-compete and trade secret matters, advising clients on thorny work separation decisions, assisting with federal and state agency compliance and investigations, and of course, defending employment claims brought against his clients.