In light of the recent ruling on unpaid internships in the Federal Court, please be advised on the Department of Labor's regulations regarding unpaid internships. Here is a link to their site: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm
From the DOL's website, below is the test for unpaid internship opportunities:
The Test For Unpaid Interns
There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs may do so without compensation. The Supreme Court has held that the term "suffer or permit to work" cannot be interpreted so as to make a person whose work serves only his or her own interest an employee of another who provides aid or instruction. This may apply to interns who receive training for their own educational benefit if the training meets certain criteria. The determination of whether an internship or training program meets this exclusion depends upon all of the facts and circumstances of each such program.
The following six criteria must be applied when making this determination:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
If all of the factors listed above are met, an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the intern. This exclusion from the definition of employment is necessarily quite narrow because the FLSA’s definition of “employ” is very broad. Some of the most commonly discussed factors for “for-profit” private sector internship programs are considered below.
CardHub's 2013 study on "The Best & Worst Cities to Work for a Small Business - 2013" has found that Boston ranks second only to Denver, CO in tit's friendliness for small businesses.
"Boston: Boston ranks among the top 10 nationally in terms of the number of small businesses per capita, small business vitality, unemployment rate, disposable income, and hours worked. Such factors were enough to overcome a relatively high cost of living and garner Beantown the distinction of being the second best city to work for a small business in 2013."
The full article can be found, here.
Small businesses are seeking interns right now! Use the link below to find internships.
Also check out our list of reasons why Boston is great!
Report Sent to The Chamber from Northeastern University, below:
Class of 2013: Paid Interns Outpace Unpaid Peers in Job Offers, Salaries
May 29, 2013
Among 2013 graduates who had applied for a job, those who took part in paid internships enjoyed a distinct advantage over their peers who undertook an unpaid experience or who didn’t do an internship.
Results of NACE’s 2013 Student Surveyshow that 63.1 percent of paid interns received at least one job offer. In comparison, only 37 percent of unpaid interns got an offer; that’s not much better than results for those with no internship—35.2 percent received at least one job offer.
In terms of starting salary, too, paid interns did significantly better than other job applicants: The median starting salary for new grads with paid internship experience is $51,930—far outdistancing their counterparts with an unpaid internship ($35,721) or no internship experience ($37,087).
This is the third consecutive year that NACE’s annual student survey has captured internship data for paid and unpaid interns; in each survey, paid interns exceeded their peers in job offers and starting salaries.
Note: All data are for bachelor’s degree level graduating seniors who reported applying for a job before graduation.
NACE’s Class of 2013 Student Survey was conducted from February 15, 2013, to April 30, 2013. The survey yielded more than 38,000 responses from college students, including 9,215 from seniors earning bachelor’s degrees. Data for this story reflect responses from these seniors. The full survey report will be released in the fall of 2013.
Find your paid internship opportunity using Chamber Intern Connect's link below!
As you may know, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce have been leading an initiative to promote internships as a talent retention tool for the region. We would like to invite the interns in your organization to participate in a peer networking event as part of our initiative. Please forward the invitation below to the appropriate people within your organization.
Beantown Buzz: Make your NetWORK!
A Summer Networking Event for Area Interns
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce invite your organization to send its college interns to participate in a special intern networking event. As part of our continuing effort to promote internships as a talent retention tool by strengthening connections among local employers and talented young people, we are hosting an intern networking event on Monday, June 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.
Getting the Most Out of Your Internship
Six Months until Graduation…
It is our hope that this networking event will connect Greater Boston area interns with one another and provide them with information on things to do in Boston, and learn about other metro area companies so they will become better informed, connected and stay in the Boston area. In addition, panelists will talk about ways to leverage an internship for future job opportunities, and how to get the most out of an internship experience.
Please RSVP with the names and email addresses of all participants by Wednesday, June 5 to Mary Pierotti at Mary.Pierotti@Bos.Frb.org. Mary can also be reached at 617-973-3877.
This event is one component of a larger initiative led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Boston Chamber of Commerce to promote a strong workforce within the Greater Boston region. Light refreshments will be served. We thank you in advance for your support and participation.
Paul Guzzi Kenneth C. Montgomery
President & Chief Executive Officer First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Summer Internship Opportunity
Still seeking qualified candidates for this position.
The Summer intern would be responsible for administrative duties, including creating new files, filing, data input, and answering phones.
Patricia Thomas (Offline - via Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) )
|Period of Employment:
|Compensation Details/Other Benefits:
$13.50-$14.00 per hour
| The following qualifications are desired:
First Year, Junior, Sophomore
Authorized to work in the U.S.
Only include candidates that do not require sponsorship
The New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is pleased to announce a new policy brief:
Retaining Recent College Graduates in New England: An Update on Current Trends
By Alicia Sasser Modestino, Senior Economist
Over the past two decades, the population of recent college graduates has grown more slowly in New England than in the rest of the United States. Policymakers and business leaders are concerned that an inadequate supply of skilled workers may hamper the region’s economic growth. A region can increase its recent college graduate population and supply of skilled workers by retaining graduates educated within the region and attracting those who received their degrees elsewhere.
This policy brief presents some basic facts about the retention of recent college graduates and changes in retention over time. It considers how New England compares with other divisions, what factors affect its ability to retain graduates, and the reasons why recent college graduates choose to leave New England. It also highlights a Boston-area initiative to promote internships as a retention tool.
This paper is now available at the Center’s website: http://www.bostonfed.org/neppc
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is looking for a summer Communications/Social Media intern! Please see the description below:
Summer Communications/Social Media Intern
The Social Media/Communications intern will play a visible role in the ongoing creation, management, and reporting of the Chamber’s social media and communications program.
This individual will become an integral part of the Communications team in reaching and engaging Chamber members and prospects through its core social media channels, in addition to other marketing and communications initiatives. Candidates should possess 2-3 years of active social media usage, preferably in a business setting; superior writing skills; and excellent organization.
The part-time position requires approximately 10-15 hours per week during the summer, and includes financial compensation.
DUTIES AND RESPONIBILITIES:
Planning and execution for member- and prospect-facing social media initiatives, with focus on the Chamber blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This includes, but is not limited to:Assist as necessary with other Chamber communications activities, including research and preparation for television and radio interviews; media outreach; and member communications, where required
- Researching, identifying, and creating content for dissemination across Chamber social media channels
- Developing strategy to increase engagement of followers/members across each channel
- Monitoring and responding to Chamber-directed or relevant online discussions
- Researching external social media software and solutions to complement existing efforts
- Collecting and analyzing data of all social media activity, for continuous process improvements
- Identifying emerging social media channels to enhance existing social network
- Strong collaborative skills
- Strong familiarity with LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs (WordPress), and other mainstream social media platforms; experience in organization/corporate setting preferred
- Ability to plan and execute social media strategies targeting businesses
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete projects on time
- Ability to act both independently and within a team environment
- Responsibilities will encompass approximately 10-15 hours per week
- Flexible scheduling and partial telecommuting available
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Michael McDonough, Marketing Communications Manager, at email@example.com
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In a recent article in Forbes (see here) Boston is named one of the top 10 "happiest cities for young professionals." Below is an excerpt of their unsurprising conclusion:
"That’s according to CareerBliss.com, an online career site that just released its list of the 10 happiest cities for young professionals, based on analysis from more than 45,000 employee generated reviews between April 2012 and March 2013. Young professionals, defined by CareerBliss as employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position, were asked to evaluate ten factors that affect workplace happiness. Those include one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work one does on a daily basis.
They then valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work. The numbers were combined to find an average rating of overall employee happiness for each respondent, and then sorted by location to find which cities had the happiest young employees.
[...] [CareerBliss chief executive Heidi Golledge] adds that companies are beginning to embrace the idea of employee happiness and starting to realize how important it is for their business. “Knowing where to open up their next branch to attract young professionals and happy workers is key to their success For readers and folks who want to improve their careers, it is important to know where the opportunity to have a happier future lies,” Golledge says. “Understanding where their peers have found happiness and what types of factors impact their happiness is a valuable resource when deciding where to take their next career step.”
Employers: start off on the right foot, make happy internship programs!
Students: stay in this happy city for young professionals!
Want to know other reasons why Boston is great? Click the link below!
The Boston Foundation, in partnership with WBUR-FM, is holding a special live Town Hall meeting tonight, Wednesday, April 24th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theater. The program, which will be hosted by On Point’s Tom Ashbrook, is a free community event and open to the public. It will be broadcast live on WBUR and live streamed on wbur.org. The program will feature a number of civic and community leaders, including Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, discussing the terrible events of the past week, their effects on our city and where we go from here.
Tickets to the event are free, but you must register to reserve a seat at the Cutler Majestic website.
We hope you will be able to join us.
We wanted to share with you opportunities to assist our community and those individuals most impacted by the tragic Marathon events.
For those who would like to make a financial contribution, The One Fund Boston has been set up by Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, and a number of major local companies to support those individuals and families directly impacted by these events. To learn more about The One Fund Boston or to make a contribution, please visit http://onefundboston.org/. You may also send contributions to the address below:
One Fund Boston, Inc.
800 Boylston Street #990009
Boston, MA 02199
For the businesses adversely impacted by the bombings, the Chamber has supported the Mayor in establishing the Boston Business Assistance Center, which is working to make services available to assist these businesses so they are able to reopen quickly. The Center is located in the Park Plaza and will be open from 9am – 6pm Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
We will keep you updated on any additional information relating to the business community and opportunities to help. Check the Chamber’s blog
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