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Interns - paid vis-a-vis non-paid
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Chrm Message From: ashishah Total Posts: 24 Join Date: 07/09/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 31/03/2014 08:47:20 Points: 120 Location: United States

Dear colleagues,

What is your opinion about hiring interns on a paid vis-à-vis non-paid basis? Is there any community professional who has been through programs where he/she have been a part of both such exercises.

Ashish

Chrm Message From: hremprel Total Posts: 7 Join Date: 07/09/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 20/04/2014 07:02:55 Points: 35 Location: United States

 To pay or not pay interns is your company's policy. However, if you are following both then you will need to be clear why and how are you distinguishing between the two.  In the organizations where I have worked, I have followed athe dual policy. Interns from the campuses where we recruit graduates are considered for payment of an internship fee, while occasional interns who usually join us through references are not paid.

Chrm Message From: paladin Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 07/09/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 27/04/2014 21:58:10 Points: 155 Location: United States
If the intern is merely performing tasks designed to increase his knowledge and skills for the future, under the tutelage of an experienced employee, s/he should not be paid. However, if the intern is engaged in substantive work, for which the firm receives a benefit, then s/he should be compensated with wages and benefits, the same as an employee, although some latitude may prevail. After all the firm is reaping rewards from the intern's efforts. Additionally, if not for the intern, the organization would be required to hire an employee (either Part Time/Full Time)to perform the same duties.