If your opportunity is unpaid it must meet U.S. Department of Labor standards. Please review the following criteria to make sure your internship qualifies:
1.) The internship, though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment. (The training the intern receives should be centered solely on them learning new specific skills, as they would at school).
2.) The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. (You should help the intern drastically more than the intern helps you).
3.) The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. (If you would have to hire additional employees or force current employees to work overtime if the intern wasn’t around, you don’t qualify to have an unpaid intern).
4.) The employer providing the internship derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion may actually be impeded. (It will probably cost you money to have an unpaid intern since you should be taking time to teach them a skill and not depending upon them to generate revenue).
5.) The intern is made fully aware that they are not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. (An unpaid internship should not serve as a “tryout” for a future job as this is seen as “luring” potential workers to provide free labor).
6.) The intern is made fully aware that they are not entitled to monetary compensation for the time spent in the internship. (Do not promise the intern that they will receive back-pay for the time spent as an unpaid intern if they are eventually hired).