An internship is a way for people to gain experience. Any organisation placing an intern is under an obligation to train and educate them. Under the intern scheme, a placement which is unpaid can last no longer then 4 months and all work-related expenses have to be covered by the company or organisation.
An intern is entitled to the National Minimum Wage if they count as a worker. Employers cannot avoid paying National Minimum Wage if it is due.
Sarah takes up an internship at a local design company. She aggress orally with the owner that he will work personally for 4 days a week from 9am to 5pm and will undertake research activities as directed.
Sarah has made an oral contract with the editor and should be paid at least the National Minimum wage. A contract can be oral or implied as well a written.
If you're a business or organisation and you are unsure if your workers are entitled to National Minimum wage please contact us and we will be happy to help.
It is the employers responsibility to decide whether a person is a working for minimum wage purposes and if there are, whether an exemption applies to them.
Anyone considering taking on an intern could find themselves breaking minimum wage rules and end up on the receiving end of some rather hefty fines.