Seyfarth Shaw Labor & Employment partner Camille Olson was quoted on February 6 in The New York Times' "Room for Debate," in which knowledgeable outside contributors are invited to discuss news events and other timely issues. The article posed the question, "Do unpaid internships exploit college students?"
According to Camille, "While students may be willing to accept unpaid internships or volunteer work in exchange for on-the-job experience and a potential connection to a future job, it is critical that employers follow applicable laws that closely regulate the circumstances under which a for-profit employer can accept these offers without paying at least minimum wage for the worker’s services."
Camille noted that there is demand for both paid and unpaid interns, and she encourages employers to make sure that "those opportunities stay within both the spirit and the letter of the law."
Read the full feature here: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/02/04/do-unpaid-internships-exploit-college-students