“Internships clearly provide significant benefits to universities, employers, and students,” write Debra L. Doby and Jamie L. Caldwell, attorneys in Goldberg Segalla’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. “Employers, however, shoulder the greatest risk when working with traditional and non-traditional interns.”
In this article written for the American Bar Association, Deb and Jamie explore the myriad risks and questions employers should consider before deciding to “hire” interns. These include: whether the work environment is suitable for interns, the number of hours the intern will be required to work, liability considerations if an intern is injured on the job, whether a workers’ compensation insurance policy covers interns, and indemnification provisions in contracts with universities.
The article provides practical tips to help employers ensure that a work experience program maximizes the benefit for the employer and the intern but also protects both parties’ interests.