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Unpaid Internships

Thank you for your interest in Wake Forest students.

Organizations should be aware that lawsuits have resulted from unpaid internships.

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified six criteria to consider when offering unpaid internships:

  1. 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.
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

We ask that you complete the following form so that we may approve your internship.

Unpaid Internships

All internships will need to be entered by the organization on Handshake. Please see http://employers.opcd.wfu.edu/post-an-opportunity/ for more information.
  • List the TITLE of all the outstanding unpaid internships that you would like for Wake Forest to approve. DO NOT enter the job description on this form. All opportunities must be entered on Handshake by the recruiter. See http://employers.opcd.wfu.edu/post-an-opportunity/ for more information.

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