Unpaid summer internships are a great way for students to learn more about their chosen field. Many businesses wish to give students this opportunity. Two recent lawsuits may have businesses reconsidering unpaid internships, however.
Last month, Xuedan Wang, an unpaid intern at Harper’s Bazaar in 2011, sued Hearst saying she did the work of a paid fashion assistant such as shuttling fashion samples between the magazine and vendors and other menial tasks. A similar suit was brought against Fox Searchlight pictures by two interns who worked on the film Black Swan.
Businesses can do unpaid internships right by assuring that the following six criteria set out by the Dept. of Labor are met: