Unpaid internship guidelines aim to protect, but mostly for employers

unpaid internship guidelines help employers
unpaid internship guidelines help employers

At the risk of beating what by now might seem like a dead horse, I can't help but revisit the subject of unpaid internships this week – especially now that I've taken a closer look at the guidelines issued by the Department of Labor on the subject.

Probably because I work with students all day and consider myself an advocate for them, and because much of the debate on the subject lately has been sympathetic toward students doing unpaid work (including Joe Grimm's well-written piece on the Poynter Institute for Media Studies' website), I thought the new guidelines would be written with an eye toward protecting interns.