DOL’s advice: Think twice before using interns as free labor

August 2, 2010

Author: Dena B. Calo Publication: HR Specialist View the article (pdf) Businesses are still skittish about adding to the payroll, and as we head into fall, it's tempting to consider filling empty cubicles with young interns eager for work experience. On paper, internships are good for everyone. Interns learn a business and make connections in organizations where they hope to one day get jobs. In turn, businesses pay nearly nothing for work that needs to be done.