Internships: Build your resume/college application

by Beth Melo on August 28, 2014

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Above: Working remotely interns can work and communicate with me on their schedule. (Images: Left cropped from photo posted to Flickr by tranchristopher5; Right from photo posted to Flickr by MigRodz)

Do you know a student looking to round out his/her experience for college applications or resume?

I’m looking for interns. The positions are unpaid, but offer a variety of experience with a very flexible schedule. And not all positions require strong writing skills.

Opportunities can be tailored to student interest. Students can choose one or more of the following areas:

  • Editorial – Writing stories and/or gathering information
  • Technology – Building on/improving sections of the website
  • Public Relations – helping with social media
  • Poli-Sci/Government – Summarizing/covering town government meetings
  • Photography – contributing photos (especially for Algonquin Regional High School sports and events)

Anyone interested can email me at mysouthborough@gmail.com.

1 Dean Dairy August 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Beware, welcome to Massachusetts: Where the politicians will tell you that regulation of business and commerce does not inhibit gainful activity and cause people to recoil in fear.

“There is a list of six characteristics of a training program under federal law. These factors are used by the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (“MDOS”), the entity which administers the Massachusetts minimum wage law, to determine if someone working with a charitable, educational or religious institution can be legally unpaid. These are the factors:

1. The internship is similar to the training which would be given in a educational environment;

2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;

3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the close supervision of the existing staff;

4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and

6. The employer and intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

The second and fourth factors above call into focus what an unpaid internship is supposed to be all about. An internship is supposed to be about the intern’s benefit and not about free work for the employer. Even if an internship is with a charitable, educational or religious institution, it must be to help and train the intern. If it is not, it must be a paid internship.

If you have been an unpaid intern recently in Massachusetts, it makes sense to examine this test. Many unpaid interns will be entitled to recovery three times the state minimum wage ($24/hour) for their work and attorney’s fees and costs. These cases can also often be brought on a class action basis. Feel free to get in touch…”

http://masswagelaw.com/blog/index.php/massachusetts-wages-unpaid-internships/

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