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Unpaid internships where the employer derives any immediate benefit are Federally illegal. They are required to pay you if you do any real work.

Unpaid internships where the employer derives any immediate benefit are Federally illegal. They are required to pay you if you do any real work.

Here are the six criteria from the Department of Labor, all of which an unpaid internship must pass in order to be legal. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. The employer that provides the training…

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