Profiles

Australian startup founders need to stop breaking the law when it comes to internships

- July 17, 2015 5 MIN READ

Over the last few years as our startup ecosystem has grown, it has become common practice for startups facing financial constraints to ‘offer’ unpaid internship opportunities to more often than not younger aged people. A lot of the time these ‘internships’ are built on the hope that it will lead to a paid job in the company, or at the very least give the incumbent ‘free worker’ some really great exposure on what it is really like to work at a startup.

Brains Trust

There is no such thing as a free worker!

- February 8, 2013 5 MIN READ

A common theme with start-ups is the hunt for cheap (read: free) labour – and with a pool of eager-beaver workers (read: students looking for a CV-booster) putting their hand up to work for peanuts, it is very tempting for over-worked founders to get some “interns” to share the load.

Other

Those “Interns” in your Startup may be entitled to a Pay Day…

- October 31, 2012 3 MIN READ

It is becoming a trend in the startup scene to “get an intern” – but there is a definite misconception out there between someone working for free and an internship, which by definition is basically an educational program in which majority of the benefit should go to the intern NOT the company they are working for.