College of Chiropractic Intern’s Clinic Handbook

1.8 Definition of Unpaid Internship

Individuals who participate in the clinical internship educational program must meet the following criteria:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the CBI/T10 clinic, is similar to training that would be given in an educational environment.
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of a credentialed faculty clinician.
  4. The faculty clinician that provides the training derives minimal or no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may be temporarily impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. The faculty clinician and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent on 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 unpaid intern.
Further, the individual is not eligible for any benefits, including unemployment or workers' compensation.