Updated March 23 at 12:28am

Unpaid internships

The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries.

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PBN Executive Poll

Unpaid internships


Does your company offer unpaid internships?

• Yes, but rarely – 46.2%

• Yes, occasionally – 23.1%

• Yes, regularly – 15.4%

• No – 15.4%

Are you familiar with the six criteria, outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor, which must be met in order to offer internships without compensation?

• Yes – 69.2%

• No – 30.8%

In your industry, are internships generally necessary to gain the experience required for a full-time position?

• Yes – 7.7%

• No – 69.2%

• Sometimes – 23.1%

Do you believe unpaid internships are beneficial to the intern, exploitative of the intern, or both?

• Beneficial to intern – 53.8%

• Exploitative of intern – 0%

• Both – 46.2%


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