Paid or Unpaid: The Internship Debate

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's job market is particularly challenging for recent graduates; it is estimated that nearly 54% of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, nearly double the national average. To bolster their chances of finding a job, current and graduated college students are turning to internships as a means to secure experience and employment.

The Department of Labor has released the Test for Unpaid Interns, which outlines when an intern is considered an employee and when an intern is part of an extended training environment in the "for-profit" sector.

Unpaid internships, while uncommon, are possible when the on-the-job training is similar to what would be received in an educational setting. The training and job experience must benefit the intern; the employer should get no immediate benefit from the intern's involvement. Unpaid interns cannot displace or replace paid employees, and therefore are not necessarily entitled to an offer of employment at the end of the arrangement. Unpaid interns must be aware of their wage less status prior to the start of the program.

Given these parameters, unpaid internships are not as popular with students and businesses alike, unless they offer a unique learning experience.

On the other hand, there are many reasons companies offer paid internship programs. From an output side, short-term internships allow businesses to accomplish immediate objectives by better managing the workflow at significantly lower labor costs. From an employment view, interns have been thoroughly tested in the work environment prior to job offer, they are far more likely to accept the job when offered, and they tend to stay with their internship companies for five or more years.

Aventure Staffing is dedicated to delivering the best staffing, recruiting, and human resource and organizational development throughout the United States. With locations and staff throughout Iowa and Nebraska, Aventure Staffing's mission is to build enduring partnerships with clients, candidates and employees based on integrity, loyalty, mutual respect and trust.

Contact Information:
Stacia Lenz, Operations Manager
509 Douglas Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-258-2453

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