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Unpaid internships are common for college students, but as Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Labor & Employment Shareholder Gina Ameci explained, there are guidelines for the work they do.

Federal law allows for unpaid internships, Ameci told the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article published February 24, 2013. The government and some nonprofits are eligible, Ameci said, but for-profit companies must pass a six-point test that emphasizes training.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “the intern does not displace regular employees,” and “the employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern.”