How to manage internships
Author: Patrick Thomas
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- Be aware that an internship is not a legally defined relationship and can cover a wide range of arrangements.
- Take steps to recruit interns from a wide pool of potential candidates.
- Be aware that interns will be entitled to the national minimum wage if they meet the definition of a worker.
- Comply with the Working Time Regulations 1998 in relation to the intern's working hours and annual leave entitlement, if they are a worker.
- Comply with other statutory obligations in relation to the intern, depending on their employment status.
- Recognise the benefits to the organisation of offering formal paid internships.
- Provide the intern with an induction, including health and safety information.
- Consider how the intern's performance will be monitored throughout the placement.
- Carry out an exit interview to obtain feedback on the internship.
- Provide a reference for the intern if requested.