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Internships Have Value, Whether or Not Students Are Paid

By Charles Westerberg and Carol Wickersham

Academic internships are three-way partnerships among an institution of higher education, the intern ship site, and the student. They have an irreplaceable role in the liberal arts by providing hands-on learning opportunities, allowing students to collaborate closely with faculty, and strengthening ties between the college and the community.

However, in April 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor expressed concern about the potential for organizations to circumvent fair-wage laws and other worker protections by calling unpaid workers “interns,” rather than employees. Those concerns provide an opportunity for colleges to clarify the key differences between academic internships and employment, and to evaluate internship practices to determine what constitutes fair compensation.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Internships-Have-Value/127231/

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