It’s Time to Overhaul Department of Labor Regulations Around Internships
- create reporting requirements, and track industries that utilize unpaid internships;
- make sure the DOL is paying its own interns (for example, the solicitor’s office is looking for law students to do unpaid work);
- hold big nonprofits accountable to the same guidelines around unpaid internships as for-profits, and monitor and investigate them for FLSA violations.
Unpaid internships can cost up to $13,000 between food, transportation, housing, and other miscellaneous costs. For low-income students–especially Black, Latinx, and Native students who are already attempting to overcome intergenerational racial wealth gaps–unpaid internships are a barrier to upward economic development.
Take Action To Urge The Department Of Labor To Create An Internship Task Force