okay so those of you that hire unpaid interns (surely there is someone that does) i have a few questions.
does it usually work pretty well
how long does the unpaid part last and when do you start paying them or offer them a job or are they cut loose at the internship end
do you have them sign some kind of a noncompete clause.
we are getting inquirys about internships and i am trying to decide if i want to accept one and how to handle it.
In most areas, you must provide worker's comp for the intern even though they are unpaid. Also, no-competes are illegal in most areas, and for the ones that are legal, they are complex and need to be done by an employment attorney.
I have had several non-paid interns. For the most part they have worked out and have served in measuring/mixing roles. Twice I hired at the end if their internship - typically 3 months. Twice I fired , yep even though they were free!
Yes, you have to have work mans comp. I also provided their lunch. I also had them sign a paper saying they would not use/copy my recipes.