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How do I hire interns legally and what if they are out of school? Does that make a difference?

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

Interns either need to be paid minimum wage OR are receiving credits from an accredited Educational institution (they, under this option need to be doing a real job, not just be a gopher).

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Keith Perry
Title: Director of Global Accounting
Company: Agrinos, Inc.
(Director of Global Accounting, Agrinos, Inc.) |

Echoing Wayne, the companies that I've had that work heavily with interns always w-2 them. On occasion I have had people do piece work under 1099s, but those really aren't interns at all (remote, self-managed, etc).

Unpaid interns should be sponsored by an institution, so you have a contract with the institution, not the intern, not unlike hiring someone through a temporary work company.

Basically, don't let someone work in your office where you don't have a contract for that work.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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You may want to read this: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf

Garfield Byrd
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: KIPP Foundation
(Chief Financial Officer, KIPP Foundation) |

Another option to look at is work study programs. It is a very affordable way to engage with promising talent from leading schools.

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