Why you need an Internship Agreement
Internships are a fantastic opportunity to give an individual the chance to see the inner workings of a company and provide a real learning experience. There is no need to have a full contract in place, especially if the intern is unpaid. Instead, you want to send them an internship agreement.
What is an Internship Agreement
An Internship Agreement will simply outline to the prospective intern details of the tasks they might expect to undertake. It is also useful to have section that outlines obligations of confidentiality and if any training is provided.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do interns have the same rights as employees?
A: As they have not entered a contract of employment there will be certain rights they will not be entitled to. Interns generally won’t be entitled to national minimum wage (NMW), holiday pay or protection from dismissal. However, interns are protected from harassment and discrimination.
Q: Can I pay my intern?
A: When you pay an intern there is a potential that an employment contract has accidentally be entered (yes, without having to read or sign anything!). This means the intern would be classed as a worker and would be entitled automatically to the national minimum wage and holiday pay. From there, the question could be raise whether the intern is actually an employee entitled to full employment rights.
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