Date: 2009-12-01, 1:33PM EST
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Your definition is close, but the Fair Labor Standards Act actually sets up much more specific criteria for it.
The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school;
The training is for the benefit of the trainees or students;
The trainees or students do not displace regular employees, but work under close supervision;
The employer that provides the training receives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees or students and, on occasion, his operations may even be impeded;
The trainees or students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and
The employer and the trainees or students understand that the trainees or students are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.
So, those internships that ask the intern editor to already be a Final Cut Wizard are jerks looking for free work. So, stick up for your rights! Flag them! And if you've already worked for one of these guys, and not received any training, you CAN report them. What they are doing is ILLEGAL!