Watch Out! 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Setting Up a College Internship Program


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Today’s Question: What is one danger to watch for when establishing a college internship program, and what can companies do to avoid that pitfall?

The answers below are provided by YEC Next, an invitation-only community for the world’s most promising early-stage entrepreneurs.

4. Not Getting Your Paperwork in Order

When I ran a large internship program for the World Trade Center San Diego, one of our students filed a complaint with the California Employment Development Department claiming he was an employee. Luckily, we had our interns all sign a handbook that clearly stated the internship was not a paid employee position. The board mediator used this as one of the main factors in the decision to dismiss the case.

— Reb RistyREBL Marketing