As Pro Publica explains, "In April 2010, the Department of Labor released a six-point test to
help determine whether an internship in the for-profit sector qualifies
to be unpaid under federal law. One of the key criteria is that the
position must be of more benefit to the intern than of benefit to the
company. Companies can’t just use interns to replace regular employees."
But there have been complaints that enforcement of those standards has not been sufficiently rigorous. Pro Publica is investigating and wants to hear from anyone who has interned in the past three years.