While designing your internship program you may need to consider the impact of various legal issues. Contact your organization's attorney with any questions, or for further information. Some of the major legal factors impacting internship programs include:
International students can bring new perspectives to your organization as interns. They bring insight from their own cultures, and are eager to experience the professional world in the United States. There are several types of visas granted to international students, most of which allow for the student to work off-campus. The office for international programs at the student's campus will be able to advise the student regarding his/her work authorization status and particular type of student visa.
Interns may be required to work on projects where intellectual property rights are a concern. Typically, if new employees would be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, an intern may be asked to do so as well. If you are concerned, seek legal counsel on how to proceed.
Benefits and Insurance
Benefits are not typically offered to interns, since internships are short-term in nature. Most students will have insurance coverage through their colleges or universities, or will be covered under their parents' policies. If you have questions regarding benefits and insurance, contact your attorney.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Federal and state regulations regarding Equal Employment Opportunity apply to the employment of interns as well as full-time employees. For further information, speak with your Human Resources department or legal counsel.