How many times have you signed documents without looking at every word? We figure that because we’re good and honest people, everyone else is and no one would try to trick us.
But, according to the Wall Street Journal companies are now getting their interns to sign non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. I don’t have much of a problem with the latter, as long as they are reasonably crafted, but I have a huge problem with intern non-competes.
The very nature of an internship is to help a student gain experience so that she can go out and get a real job after graduation. If you are limiting that student’s ability to get a job after graduation, you’re not sponsoring an internship; you’re offering a crappy summer job.
The Chief Executive of CastleBranch, Brett Martin, who heads one of these companies said, in response to a question about a specific student who received a follow-up letter reminding her about the non-compete:
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