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

by Evil HR Lady on 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’s 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:

To keep reading, click here: Illegal Internship: Two Years of Experience, No Salary, No Equity

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Hogg December 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for putting this up, Evil.

I’ve passed it up our “chain of command.”

We use interns AND volunteers in our organization. And we’re blessed to get great (and I mean great) interns and volunteers, whom we dearly love.

Regarding interns it’s often a two-way street: they learn from us, and we learn from them.

And volunteers … who can say enough good things about volunteers?

Again, thanks for posting.


Observer December 25, 2019 at 12:18 am

Did you actually read the article? Are you actually from ViaBill?

Because if you are from the company, I would suggest that you actually read the article and talk to your lawyer THIS minute. As a for profit entity, you cannot legally use volunteers, and you cannot legally use interns in the way that is implied by this add. Even if they learn from you.


ViaBill December 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Chris Hogg is in no way associated with ViaBill. The company will be issuing a statement via Twitter shortly.


jdgalt December 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm

This is a classic case of the law banning consensual behavior that isn’t wrong. If adults want to work without pay, it’s not wrong.


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