NACE Releases Position Statement On Internships

For anyone who has been following the unpaid internship discussions over the past two years you will be thrilled to read the latest Position Statement from NACE (The National Association of Colleges and Employers).

NACE is “THE” authority when it comes to all things internships.  Last year, NACE provided its membership and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) with a Position Statement, which included a recommendation that the DOL review its criteria used to determine whether internships may be unpaid. To date, the DOL has not revised or clarified those criteria.

NACE, realizing that the ongoing debate regarding unpaid internships and the fact that “internships” have never been officially defined, the NACE Principles for Professional Practice Committee proposed, and the NACE Board of Directors approved, a Position Statement to provide members with guidance in this area. In addition, NACE is providing the DOL as well as other government offices with the definition/criteria to further the national discussion on internships.

As the debate over internships, paid vs. unpaid, credit vs.  no-credit, continue and as internships continue to be on the rise, information and clarity like the Position Statement from NACE is much needed.

NACE defined internships and laid out when an internship could ethically be offered as unpaid.  This is the first real definition of an internship on a national level and addresses the issue of when an internship can be unpaid.

NACE concludes that the Department of Labor, through the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) needs to clarify what is an internship and if and when an internship can be unpaid.  Through their Position Statement they layout clear guidance to schools, students, employers and government through 7 criteria that removes the confusion specifically around the FLSA criteria that criterion that “the employer derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student.” .

This new definition of internships and criteria, via the Position Statement, fully embodies the Intern Profits system.  By following our system and processes for running effective internships and utilizing our Easy Intern Assignments to give real world experiences to interns, our Intern Profits community gives interns the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training and real world experience.

We are pleased that NACE released this Position Paper and we commend all the hard work of the committee members.



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