It’s a long running joke that all interns do is get coffee and sort mail. Well the joke may be on the employer this time because sending interns to fetch coffee, pack boxes, or answer phones may not be kosher with the federal Labor Department. New investigations into these internships show that many companies have been breaking labor laws by requiring their interns to perform menial tasks rather than those that would teach them the skills needed for a future career in the field. Students, eager to start their careers and build their resumes, are all too willing to take unpaid internships and not so willing to complain or file a report against a company they hope will be their future employer. So what’s legal and what isn’t? Patt sends an intern to find out.
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