If your hesitant about what hiring an intern means for your business, this blog post is for you!  

There is a very thin line between and intern and employee and it is important to make sure you are abiding by the rules and complying so you don’t run into any trouble. Hiring an unpaid intern can be very helpful to both your business and the intern but if done incorrectly, can land you in the deep end. 

Here is what you need to know before you consider hiring an unpaid intern. There are 6 requirements in order for this new team member to not be considered an employee. 

  • The training given to the intern is similar to that which is given in a vocational school
  • The training is for the benefit of the intern 
  • The employer gets little, or no benefit from the activity of the intern while they are being trained 
  • The intern does not displace any employees within the organization 
  • The intern is not given a right to become an employee of the organization 
  • The intern is advised that he or she will receive no compensation for the time that they spend in training 

If the individual does not fulfill these requirements, he or she is an employee by definition. 

If you can meet these requirements, you are safe to hire an unpaid intern! Remember to exercise your best judgment and do unto others as you would like done to you.