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Illegal Internship: Two Years of Experience, No Salary, No Equity

December 24, 2019


Unpaid internships aren’t inherently wrong. But ones that require two years of experience and have a whole list of responsibilities for a for-profit firm are illegal. And that’exactly what For Exposure highlighted in this tweet:

Let’s unpack how this is illegal:

Internships can be unpaid if they meet a specific set of criteria. The courts have a seven-factor test:

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee–and vice versa.

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